There’s no doubting Ja’Corey Hammett’s speed off the defensive edge. West Virginia might have matched it with its maneuvering to flip the Northwestern (Fla.) High School standout’s commitment from Miami to the mountains.
— Corey hammett (@hammett_corey) August 5, 2020
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Hammett committed to the Hurricanes in January, but WVU stayed with its recruitment effort and ultimately gained what could be another very effective player in space for the Mountaineer defense. Hammett typically lined up as a wide edge rusher in either a two- or three-point stance for the Bulls, but his speed and athleticism could allow him to play any number of positions at West Virginia.
Hammett had offers from more than two dozen Division I schools. Power 5 squads on his offer sheet included Arkansas, Florida State, Kentucky, Maryland, Miami, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Pitt, Rutgers, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Hammett helped Northwestern to a 13-2 record and its third consecutive Class 5A Florida State title in 2019 with a 34-17 win over Jones (Orlando) High, which featured current WVU running back A’Varius Sparrow. On the season, Hammett had 11 sacks and 63 total tackles, elevating himself from a relative unknown to a top-tier prospect with an extensive offer sheet.