Heading into the 2019 season, Miami Northwestern three-star linebacker Ja’Corey Hammett was unranked and under the radar in the recruiting world. However, a breakout junior season in which he recorded 63 tackles and 11 sacks en route to Class 5A State Title put him on the map.
It didn’t take Hammett long to decide that UM was his next destination, as he committed four days after his ‘Junior Day’ visit.
“It was mind-blowing, it was awesome,” Hammett told 305Sports.
Hammett added that the school’s culture stood out the most to him as he roamed the campus with the Hurricanes coaching staff. To this day, he says he speaks to defensive coordinator Blake Baker “almost every day.”
The linebacker is extremely quick, can deliver a hit, and not to mention, is confident. When asked what his most memorable moment was from last season, Hammett replied, “Kickoff. I run through people.”
At UM, Hammett says the coaching staff is looking to use him all over the field from day one. But before he heads over to Coral Gables, Hammett continues to prepare himself for a breakout senior campaign at The West.
When asked what his personal goals are in 2020, he replied, “First Team All-State, 25 sacks, and five interceptions.” Hammett continues to work out twice a day, doing pushups, lifting weights, and running in order to accomplish his goals.
Northwestern 5: “We’re Going To Shock The World Real Soon.”
At Northwestern, Hammett suits up with four Miami Hurricanes class of 2021 commits: four-star receiver Romello Brinson, three-star cornerback Tim Burns, and three-star tight end Kahlil Brantley.
On July 11, the list of Northwestern UM commits could become five. Four-star safety Kamren Kinchens is set to commit next Saturday, choosing between Miami (FL), LSU, Texas A&M, Nebraska, and Auburn.
Hammett, along with Brinson, Burns, and Brantley, have been avidly recruiting the 5-foot-11 safety on social media, as he’s one of the top defensive backs and return specialists in the nation.
When asked what they’ve been telling Kinchens about joining the Hurricanes, Hammett said, “We’ve been telling him to join the family. But at the same time, we’re telling him to do what’s best for him and his family.”
He finished off by saying, “We’re going to shock the world real soon.”
The possibility of introducing Kinchens to Miami’s 2021 class has been long-awaited. His commitment could help the Hurricanes garner a top ten recruiting class in the nation.