Thomas Hammock to join Baltimore Ravens' staff [UPDATED]

Wisconsin's running backs coach and ace recruiter is headed to the NFL.

UPDATE, 2:49 p.m.: Gary Andersen just wrapped up his signing day press conference in Madison and shared a few more comments about Hammock's departure.

Regarding his earlier comments that Melvin Gordon will be involved in the hiring process, Andersen followed up with this:

Shortly thereafter, Hammock himself took to Twitter to address his departure:

UPDATE, 1:26 p.m.: Gary Andersen has confirmed Hammock's departure on CBSSports.com's Signing Day Central, adding a few more details in the process:

That last tweet is interesting, considering, you know, we're dealing with college athletes. But the running backs coach at Wisconsin is an invaluable position, wherein whoever fills Hammock's shoes will be working closely with arguably the best collection of backfield talent in the country. Hammock's immensely valued for his recruiting prowess, but he's obviously been instrumental in developing all of the backs mentioned below.

Yes, Gordon's probably gone after this year, but it can't hurt to have him fully on board with the hire. You can also be sure that between the presence of Barry Alvarez and the goodwill Andersen's built up in Madison so far this year, he's not getting final say in the process.

So once again, things are funky with Wisconsin's coaching staff. We're used to this by now.

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Wisconsin brought in a talented, deep recruiting class on Wednesday's National Signing Day, but the most significant news could be the departure of running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Thomas Hammock. According to CoachingSearch.com, Hammock is heading to the Baltimore Ravens to serve as their running backs coach.

Hammock, who also served as assistant head coach, was on Wisconsin's staff since 2011 after a stint as a graduate assistant from 2003-04. Under his tutelage, the Badgers produced such running backs as Montee Ball, James White, Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement. Wisconsin also signed a pair of promising backs on Wednesday in Taiwan Deal and Caleb Kinlaw.

In addition to developing that incredible list of talented rushers, Hammock was an invaluable recruiter for Gary Andersen and Bret Bielema. As of Wednesday afternoon, 247 Sports rated Hammock the No. 16 recruiter in the Big Ten.

In Baltimore, Hammock will replace Wilbert Montgomery.

After playing football at Northern Illinois, Hammock began his coaching career as a GA for Wisconsin. From 2005-06, he returned to NIU as running backs coach before serving the same role at Minnesota from 2007-10. That last year, he was promoted to co-offensive coordinator before returning to Madison in 2011.

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