The senior quarterback, who led the Yellow Jackets to the South Carolina Class AAAA Division II state semifinals this past season, said he also considered Georgia Tech and Appalachian State but decided to go with the Panthers after taking an official visit to the NCAA D-I school in Miami last weekend.
"They told me they'd give me a chance to compete for the (quarterback) job over the summer," Hammonds said.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound quarterback threw for 2,446 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2010 with a 71.6 percent completion rate.
Hammonds also rushed for 652 yards and 14 touchdowns and was named The Augusta Chronicle's 2010 South Carolina high school football player of the year.
Florida International beat Toledo 34-32 in the Little Ceasars Pizza Bowl in Detroit on Dec. 26 to post a 7-6 record.