It's a family thing for Florida, apparently.
Just under a week after securing the commitment of LaMical Perine, cousin of Oklahoma thunder-bringer Samaje Perine, Hallandale wide receiver Joshua Hammond, brother of former Florida and now-Kansas City Chiefs wideout Frankie Hammond, has committed to the Gators.
Hammond is listed at 6'0" or 6'1" and between 179 and 185 pounds by all four major recruiting sites, and is a three-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite and according to 247Sports, Rivals, and Scout; ESPN, though, rates him as a four-star player.
His junior year highlight tape also starts quite impressively, with an 70-yard catch-and-run on a screen and a beautiful catch between two defenders.
Hammond seems to be more quick than fast, much like his older brother, who was listed at about the same size and weight throughout his Florida career, and it's tempting to say that Joshua Hammond might well turn into an updated version of Frankie. But the younger Hammond is also apparently an "advanced route-runner with terrific body control," whatever that means, so: Go crazy, folks?
Hammond's commitment brings Florida to 14 for the 2016 recruiting cycle, and the Gators now have three wide receivers on board, as Hammond joins Jacksonville's Rick Wells and Palm Beach's Isaiah Johnson at the position. Florida may well take four or five prospects at wide receiver, depending on how the Sunshine State's very deep bench of talent at the position shakes out.
And Florida has good reason to take several receivers in the 2016 class. Just five scholarship receivers who will suit up for Florida this fall have more than two years of eligibility remaining, and it is a very real possibility that the Gators will also lose surefire No. 1 receiver Demarcus Robinson to the 2016 NFL Draft.
The addition of Hammond also boosts Florida in the 247Sports Composite team rankings: The Gators now sit at No. 10, up three spots.