2017 UT/RHP Sloan Hammons signs with Florida Atlantic University

The present world of college recruiting is filled with news of student-athletes transferring schools based on lack of playing time, decommitments, ego, status, and entitlement. Not for RecruitLook’s Sloan Hammons, though. The 2017 UT/RHP from Florida Impact and Durant HS in Plant City, FL committed to Florida Atlantic University in Jan 2014, and this week she officially signed her letter of intent with the Owls program.

Hammons never wavered off her verbal commitment and easily could have done so based on both her athletic and academic achievements. However, that’s not who Sloan is.

“Officially signing to be an Owl is relieving as I don’t have to worry about just being a verbal commit anymore. I chose FAU because they have a beautiful campus and they offer the major I want to study: Marine Biology,” says Hammons.

sloan-hammons-commitmentShe is no stranger to earning awards on the softball field, as she was the National Pitch Hit & Run Champion in 2012 where she brought home the title at the MLB All-Star Game in Kansas City that year. She was also apart of the 2015 ASA National Champion team with the Florida Fire, an organization she was apart of from 8-14 years old. Just this past year she became apart of the Georgia/Florida Impact organization.

“I couldn’t be happier and more proud of Sloan. I’ve been fortunate enough to coach, watch, admire, and compete against her for approximately 6 years. She’s always had the ‘Can’t Miss Potential’, but you come to appreciate her tremendous work ethic and genuine passion for the game is greater than all of her physical tools. Sloan is a leader in all phases of the game and a true pleasure to coach,” said Florida Impact Head Coach Greg Feldman.

The current state of the college recruiting process has many unfortunate twists and turns that student-athletes and their families need to first understand, then be willing to learn how to navigate them.

“Advice I would give is to start the process early and target schools based on your major because softball doesn’t last forever. Don’t ever look down on those who are attending lower division level schools, as they’re getting their education paid for, too,” added Hammons.

Ego, status, and entitlement bugs bite a lot of families these days, and makes the recruiting process difficult for them when it really doesn’t need to be. Sloan Hammons and her family are not one of them. They are the model family that understands you need a game plan, to use all of your resources, and have the patience to execute the game plan the right way. It also helps that Sloan is a 4.0 student and did her part on the diamond.

Good luck to not only a great student-athlete, but a top-notch person!

 

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