Virginia gains commitment from Ft. Lauderdale defensive tackle Hammond II

By Jerry Ratcliffe


With national signing day only five days away, Virginia picked up a late commitment on Saturday from a 3-star defensive tackle from one of Florida’s storied high school football programs.

Jason Hammond II, a 6-foot-3, 283-pound lineman from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, announced on his Twitter that he had committed to UVA.

Hammond had previously committed to Iowa State last March but reopened his recruitment in the fall. Virginia offered him in late October. He visited Colorado in early November, officially visited UVA on Dec. 4 and officially decommitted from Iowa State two days later.

The tackle held offers from several Power 5 and Group of 5 programs including Pitt, Ole Miss, Arizona State, Syracuse, West Virginia, Maryland, Iowa, Wake Forest, UCF, Georgia Tech and Memphis.

Hammond, rated the No. 129 defensive lineman in the nation by 247Sports composite, was also ranked the No. 168 overall recruit in the state of Florida. He helped St. Thomas win the state 7A championship as a junior in 2021.

For a complete list of UVA’s commitments, see chart below. National Signing Day is Wednesday and will be at Virginia’s press conference to cover Tony Elliott’s comments on his recruiting class.