Comanche's Hammond soaks in senior season
Tue, 01/28/2014 - 11:37pm Tyler Palmateer
COMANCHE Jacob Hammond has been on the move ever since he can remember.
It started when he was much younger before he grew to be almost 7-feet tall back when he still wanted to be a pro football player.
"I wanted to be a Dallas Cowboy when I grew up," Hammond said. "Then I grew to be 6-3, 6-4 in seventh or eighth grade and quickly realized football probably wasn't in my future."
Before high school, Comanche's current 6-10, 230-pound senior center moved around a lot with his family in the Dallas area.
Since his freshman year, Hammond has attended three different high schools in two different states. That factored into a tense period this past fall when the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association was deliberating on granting Hammond eligibility for his senior season.
Hammond had to apply for a fifth year of eligibility after repeating the eighth grade. He needed a hardship waiver because he attended school in Duncan as a ninth-grader, then moved back into the district this past year.
At first, the OSSAA denied Hammond's application.
"I was really nervous, especially in the beginning. I had two months before the season where I thought I probably wouldn't play this year," said Hammond, whose family could have taken the OSSAA through the court system if it denied their appeal of the ruling.
But on November 13, word broke out that the Hammonds won their appeal by a narrow 7-6 vote.