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Top-rated 2014 recruit whittles list to three

Da'Shaw Hand

Rated as the No. 1 player in the Class of 2014 by a handful of recruiting websites, Da’Shawn Hand dropped a bit of news recently by surprisingly dropping a pair of schools from his future college to-do list.

The Woodbridge, Va., defensive end announced that South Carolina and Virginia Tech are no longer in his top five.  Hand’s new top three consists of Alabama, Florida and Michigan.

“I spoke to Bud Foster at Virginia Tech and that was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do.,” Hand said according to Rivals.com. “And Deke Adams at South Carolina is a great person as well and that was difficult. Making those calls, especially to coach Foster, was the hardest thing I’ve had to do so far.”

Oddly enough, it appears the academic side of the equation played a role in Hand scrubbing the two schools from his list.

“I am pursuing a major in Sports Management or Sports Marketing, and Virginia Tech doesn’t offer that,” said Hand. “And I didn’t get a good feel for the professor at South Carolina, I just didn’t feel it.”

Hand said he has no favorite at this time, choosing to list his top three in alphabetical order.  The 6-4, 248-pound lineman has already visited the Tide and Wolverines but hasn’t yet done the same with the Gators, although a future trip to Gainesville is in his plans.

While Hand has whittled his choices down to three, it doesn’t appear it will stay that way for long; in announcing that he had dropped the Gamecocks and Hokies, Hand revealed that he’s “also interested in LSU and USC.”  Those two schools — which he described as being on the “outside looking in” – will be a part of Hand’s five official visits.

Hand, who said he hoped to make a verbal commitment at some point in December, added that those are also the only schools he will consider moving forward.

“This is my final list, I’m not open to any other teams,” the recruit said.

Hand is the top-rated prospect in the Class of 2014 by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com.  Scout.com puts Hand at No. 2 overall, while ESPN has him at No. 4.

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18 Responses to “Top-rated 2014 recruit whittles list to three”
  1. kiopta1 says: Jun 12, 2013 11:25 AM

    I am going with Michigan.

  2. classyjacklambert says: Jun 12, 2013 11:41 AM

    In other news, the University of South Carolina has fired all of it’s Sports Management or Sports Marketing professors and has begun interviews to be held by a Mr. Hand, now the department chairperson.

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 12, 2013 11:50 AM

    Hope he goes to Michigan or Florida. Aggies play Bama every year and they are already good enough.

  4. philliesblow says: Jun 12, 2013 11:53 AM

    @classyjacklambert – In an interesting twist of fate, Mr. Hand will hire Jeff Spicoli.

  5. garyleee says: Jun 12, 2013 11:55 AM

    He would look great in the winged helmet. Go Blue!!!!!

  6. slartibartfast4242 says: Jun 12, 2013 1:25 PM

    He would look great in Crimson and White too.

  7. nirvana504 says: Jun 12, 2013 1:33 PM

    Between Alabama & LSU

  8. normtide says: Jun 12, 2013 2:30 PM

    Dang, philliesblow took the fast times at ridgemont high reference before I could get here. Well played

  9. rsmeans says: Jun 12, 2013 2:31 PM

    This kid appears smart unlike other number one picks of the past. I think he goes to Alabama for reasons so numerous that there is not enough space here to list them all.

  10. BrownsTown says: Jun 12, 2013 3:00 PM

    He won’t go to UM. Nobody except the leftover players from Ohio not good enough to go to OSU would want to get owned every year by Urb.

    Wise decision to head south and make some cash while collecting a community college degree.

    I think I got everybody, but let me know if I missed anyone.

  11. inhokewetrust says: Jun 12, 2013 5:58 PM

    Good call brownstown….I guess Desmond Howard and Charles Woodson could never make the fuckeyes…#whaaaaa

  12. polegojim says: Jun 12, 2013 7:41 PM

    BrownsTown… you mean Urban Legend the cream puff scheduler, right?

    Not hard to go 12-0 when you only play 3-4 real teams each year. Keep that glass chin up tho.

    Ohio may get it’s crack at a Nat Champ game in the next year or two… but… see Notre Dame… and your jock straps will be on will-call in the opposition end zone.

    OSU can’t hang with the middle boys, let alone the big ones…

    Keep Hoke Alive…

  13. bralinshan says: Jun 12, 2013 10:10 PM

    He might like Michigan now but they better hope he visits in the September. A S. Carolina kid isn’t going to be happy in Ann Arbor in January….and it’s a LONG ass winter up there.

    Alabama will likely get this kid. Think about it: If your looking to play in the NFL, you’d go to the place where they train you the best for that purpose. Especially on defense.

    When push comes to shove, Alabama usually wins these type of kids and the fact that they win big….and football is a religion there doesn’t hurt a bit. Visit Tuscaloosa on a Saturday during football season and that situation sells itself.

  14. tjbra9 says: Jun 12, 2013 11:10 PM

    Way to be informed bralinshan! Moron, and secondly he has become good friends with Peppers first off he is from Virginia and secondly he is good friends with Peppers (UM commit). If you read about this kid, he said academics is as important as his relationship with his coaches.

  15. jimbo75025 says: Jun 13, 2013 3:36 AM

    …..Bud Foster ended the conversation with aloha Mr Hand.

  16. desal2ds says: Jun 13, 2013 4:27 PM

    Jabril Peppers has already been recruiting him to michigan. Go Blue

  17. bigherm74 says: Jun 15, 2013 11:10 AM

    He can go to Michigan and be coached by a former NFL D coordinator. Not just any D coordinator but one with the Ravens. So he can mature and develop

  18. normtide says: Jun 15, 2013 12:17 PM

    Bigherm, Maybe you haven’t heard, but Saban is kinda known for his defense too. And for getting players NFL ready. I think he would be fine either way

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