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High school notebook: Comanche's Jacob Hammond signs with Nebraska, regains eligibility

Wednesday turned into a huge day for the 6-foot-10 center.
by Jacob Unruh Published: November 13, 2013

Hammond signs with Nebraska, regains eligibility

Wednesday turned into a huge day for Comanche senior Jacob Hammond.

The 6-foot-10 center not only signed his National Letter of Intent with Nebraska in the morning, he also won his appeal for a hardship waiver with the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors.

“I've been going through this whole trial and tribulation thing for about a month now,” Hammond said. “Today, I was expecting that they were probably going to deny it going into it. If they did deny it, we were going to go to the courts with it. I'm just happy that we didn't have to go through that huge process.”

The board voted 7-6 following an executive session in favor of Hammond, who was applying for a fifth year of eligibility after repeating the eighth grade and also his varsity athletic eligibility. The vote was tied until OSSAA board of directors president Todd Steidley ruled in favor of Hammond.

Hammond spent last season at Sunrise Christian in Bel Aire, Kan., but moved back to Oklahoma over the summer. After originally looking to join a new Oklahoma City-area prep school, United Prep, he later moved to Comanche before the school year started.

He began his high school career at Duncan as a freshman and then played for the OKC Storm homeschool team as a sophomore. Due to beginning his eligibility in Duncan and then moving out of district, he had to receive a hardship to play at Comanche once he moved back.

For Hammond, it's a chance to play one more season in front of his hometown fans.

“This is great to come back home where people have seen me since I was younger, when I wasn't as good,” he said. “It's great to be in a stable situation here and it's going to be a good season.”

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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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