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Report: Former four-star recruit decides to leave Longhorns

Rami Hammad

When a new head coach takes over a program, like Charlie Strong did at Texas, existing players on the roster can view the move in one of two ways. They can either be a part of the solution or part of the problem.

Former four-star recruit Rami Hammad has apparently taken the latter course. Hammad didn’t embrace a fresh start and instead struggled to make an impression with the new coaching staff. As a result, he reportedly doesn’t see a future for himself in Austin, Texas.

According to, Hammand has decided to leave the Texas Longhorns and transfer to another program.

Hammand was never able to crack the team’s rotation at guard with junior Sedrick Flowers entrenched on the left side, while sophomore more Kent Perkins and junior Taylor Doyle competed to start at right guard.

With Hammad’s intentions being made public, the Longhorns have lost 12 players to dismissals, suspensions or transfers since Strong took over the program.

Prior to signing with the Longhorns, Hammad verbally committed to the Oklahoma Sooners and the Baylor Bears. The offensive lineman also had scholarship offers from the Arizona Wildcats, Arizona State Sun Devils, Arkansas Razorbacks, Duke Blue Devils, Iowa Hawkeyes, Kansas State Wildcats, LSU Tigers, Michigan State Spartans, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Oklahoma Sooners, Texas A&M Aggies, UCLA Bruins and Washington Huskies.

One team not mentioned which may be of interest to Hammad is the Virginia Tech Hokies. Hammad’s former offensive line coach at Texas, Stacy Searels, is now serving in the same capacity as part of Frank Beamer‘s staff.

If Hammad decides to attend another FBS school, he’ll have to sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules.

(Photo courtesy of the University of Texas athletic department)

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14 Responses to “Report: Former four-star recruit decides to leave Longhorns”
  1. godsholytrousers says: Aug 17, 2014 10:39 PM

    Strong might clean so much house that there won’t be a house left anymore. Thanks Mack for your collection of loafers and thugs.

  2. cubano76 says: Aug 17, 2014 11:54 PM

    If Texas plays well and has a great season, Coach Strong will look like genius. If not, he’ll be put in the Randy Edsall category of coaches who thought their way was the only way.

  3. studdmuffins says: Aug 18, 2014 1:00 AM

    godsholytrousers, you are an idiot!!!

  4. mauldawg says: Aug 18, 2014 5:02 AM

    Glad to see one coach that has the guts to do things the right way. Getting ride of thugs and trash players is the right way to do things. The will be coaches out there that will pick up the trash. BS and Doc will come calling soon just to name a couple that don’t care about who they pick up.

  5. goodfieldnohit says: Aug 18, 2014 7:38 AM

    This guy was recruited by Wickline when Wickline was still at Okie State.

    And now he has the guts to take out the trash.

  6. thefiesty1 says: Aug 18, 2014 8:44 AM

    Sounds like Hammad couldn’t make the cut and was looking at limited playing time. He choose to leave. strong didn’t run him off. Strong is doing it right.

  7. tgaustin says: Aug 18, 2014 9:35 AM

    The Aggies might take him if he can play any defense. Then again, he doesn’t have an arrest record so Kev might just pass on him.

  8. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 18, 2014 9:36 AM

    To my Texas friends, remember 1984 through 1997.

    David McWilliams and John Mackovic.

    Mack was a proven winner at North Carolina and rebuilt Texas.

    Sometimes you don’t miss something until it is gone.

    We had our own hell after Bear. It makes us appreciate what we had in Stallings and now Saban.

    We’ll have lean times again. That is why we cherish them now.


  9. ancientcougar says: Aug 18, 2014 11:27 AM

    What happened between 1984 & 1997 was Houston, TAMU and SMU.

  10. cometkazie says: Aug 18, 2014 2:35 PM

    ” . . . the Longhorns have lost 12 players to dismissals, suspensions or transfers since Strong took over the program.”

    Sounds like a good old s**t or get off the pot to me.

    Coach Bryant culled a lot when he took over at Aggie Land all those years ago.

  11. jimhudson78666 says: Aug 18, 2014 6:35 PM

    This just in, Vince,Woody, Daddy D Darrell and Bear are dead and the my way or the highway coaches can’t recruit the stars needed to win in Pro, er College Football!,

    If Strong doesn’t win hell be run off by the Rich, White yahoos that run UT and they’ll buy another Big Name Coach!

  12. studdmuffins says: Aug 18, 2014 8:47 PM

    Only yahoo here is you, Jealous much of your betters and one of the most successful football programs ever? When you make comments like that you only make yourself look stupid and not smart or clever like you incorrectly seem to think you are!!!

  13. mb34 says: Aug 19, 2014 12:29 PM

    It has also been reported that there was also an issue with his observation of Ramadan with Wickline and the rest of the staff.

  14. studdmuffins says: Aug 19, 2014 4:21 PM

    When you make comments like that you only make yourself look a stupid racist and not smart or clever like for some inexplicable reason you seem to think you are!!!

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