WARE SHOALS- The future seemed bright for Demond Hammonds in 2009. Hammonds, who was an All-Region linebacker at Ware Shoals, signed a National Letter of Intent to play college football at Newberry College.
After redshirting his freshman year, Hammonds returned home to handle what he called “family issues.” Fast forward three years later, and Hammonds is giving football one last try, as he will compete as a walk on at Coastal Carolina University.
“It’s one of those things where I didn’t want to regret not trying one more time,” Hammonds said. “I’m going up there to compete and see what happens.”
Although he starred on the defensive side of the ball in high school and signed to play linebacker at Newberry, the Ware Shoals native explained that coaches at Coastal Carolina are expecting to use him at running back. Hammonds, who is 230 pounds, has great speed for his size, something that attracted his new team.
“They really like my size and speed,” Hammonds said. “Not very many backs are my size and that will be to my advantage.”
According to the former Hornets’ star, seeing Greenwood natives D.J. Swearinger and Sam Montgomery selected in April’s 2013 NFL Draft inspired him to pursue his dream of playing at the next level one last time.
“I saw D.J. (Swearinger) and Sam (Montgomery) get drafted and I was like ‘wow,’” Hammonds said. “I played in the Lakelands the same time that they did and it made me think about what I can do. Coastal Carolina has a reputation for putting people into the draft, so I’m hoping to go work hard and get a chance to go to pro days and hopefully impress some people.”
As Hammonds looks forward to the next chapter of his career, the future Chanticleer explained that his final season serves most importantly as a second chance to play the game he loves.
“It’s great,” Hammonds said. “I didn’t want to give up on it and regret it. It’s just another chance to play football.”