ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – After signing his national letter of intent back Europe. North Cross School football star Hannes Hammer got the chance to sign once again. In a special signing day ceremony held Tuesday, the raiders football player got the chance to put pen to paper in front of his coaches and peers.
“It was pretty exciting Virginia Tech was a school I had my eyes on the whole time they’re big on architecture I love architecture and I’m very excited about it,” says Hammer.
Hammer will be taking his talents to Blacksburg to play for head coach Brent Pry and the Virginia Tech football team. For North Cross School football coach Stephen Alexander this is a special day.
“This is our first Virginia Tech Scholarship commit so that’s exciting they’re kind of the local school in a lot of ways in Roanoke. Here at North Cross, we do have a lot of UVA family as well. The Virginia and Virginia Tech football rivalry is going to get even more interesting for the North Cross family.”
Hammer is from Cologne Germany and came to North Cross two years ago. A move that changed his life for the better.
“So it’s been different from Germany I never played a full season of football before I came here so it was more like learning every time so every new game, I learned a lot, so it was great. So I never thought about going on the o-line before I came here and they said to me it’s my best chance to go to the next level and I took their advice and it’s been great since,” said Hammer.
Taking his game to another level is exactly what Hammer did. He and his team were crowned the VISAA DII State Football Champions. Hammer is also one of many international students that have left their mark on the field for North Cross. The schools international pipeline according to Coach Alexander has found continued success in the Roanoke Valley.
“More recently our success on the field and the quality of our international programming and the quality of our dormitory has all created a bit of a word of mouth and success breeds success. So, we do have a lot of interest from international students, not just in football. But through football we have certainly become a good destination for international students.”
For Hammer his experience at North Cross has been worthwhile.
“I picked up a lot of new friends from all over the world people from Israel and Poland people you would never meet if you weren’t here. That’s always something I cherish especially when I’m back at home I know I have friends in Israel and Vietnam so it’s something I’m really proud of actually.”
According to the school Hammer will forgo his senior track season at North Cross so that he can graduate early and begin his enrollment at Virginia Tech.