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Lamarion Hammonds pens NLI to play at Benedict College
Lamarion Hammonds
Lamarion Hammonds on stage at his signing in Alcovy's auditorium on April 25. - photo by Phillip B. Hubbard

On Thursday, Lamarion Hammonds was one of six Alcovy players that signed their national letters of intent (NLI) to play college football.

When it came time for Hammonds to sign, the senior penned his NLI to Benedict College.

Following the signing, Hammonds spoke to The News about his feelings on singing day and his journey with the Tigers.

“It felt good,” Hammonds said. “I went through a lot to get to the place I am right now, definitely since I missed my junior year. I had just one year to leave it all out on the field. Everyday, I treated it like it was my last, since I missed my junior year. I really feel like I can see the work I put in during the season.”

Hammonds served as Alcovy’s starting safety his senior year, and he plans on playing that position when he suits up for a new Tigers squad in the fall.

The senior also played downs at cornerback and outside linebacker during his Alcovy tenure.

At the end of his senior season, Hammonds was named as an honorable mention for Region 3-AAAAAA.

The signing on Thursday was not the first for the Hammonds family.

Lamarion’s brother, Quindrelin Hammonds, signed to play football at Army West Point prior to graduating from Alcovy in 2018.

Looking back on his time in the Tigers football program, Hammonds credited the team battling through adversity as one of the things he will take away from his Alcovy career.

“We always have been the underdogs,” Hammonds said. “Every game we go into, just having that chip on our shoulder knowing people expect us not to be who we are. It just makes you want to go harder. It taught us how to drive and go fight through adversity.”

As he plans to go to Columbia, South Carolina to play for Benedict, Hammonds shined light on what kind of player the Tigers will get.

“They are getting a player that is going to work through anything,” Hammonds said. “There is so much I have been through, I don’t really see anything stopping me. They are going to get a very disciplined player, they are going to get a very versatile player. They are getting a player that is going to work.”

Managing Editor Phillip B. Hubbard contributed to this article