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Top recruit Da’Shawn Hand to announce decision Thursday

Da'Shawn Hand

The nation’s top college football recruit in the Class of 2014 will make his decision official on Thursday afternoon. Defensive end Da’Shawn Hand, of Virginia, will announce where he will be heading in 2014 live on NBCSN’s SportsDash with Yahoo Sports live Thursday at noon ET on NBC Sports Network’s SportsDash with Yahoo Sports and Rivals.com.

Hand is the top defensive end recruit according to Rivals.com, as well as the top recruit in the state of Virginia and in the nation. It is expected Hand will be choosing between Alabama, Florida and Michigan. LSU and USC may be upset picks. Hand just visited Florida this past weekend, so Gator fans are hoping something good came out of Saturday afternoon after seeing the Gators lose their homecoming game to Vanderbilt. Hand also visited Alabama in October and Michigan in September. Those are the only three official visits Hand made this season. Wherever he ends up going, he will be a force to reckon with in the trenches for opposing offensive linemen.

Hand’s decision will be made from his school’s gym at Woodbridge High School in Woodbridge, Virginia. He will be joined by his family, football teammates and coaches, the student body and marching band. It’s kind of a big deal.

For those who do not pay much attention to the recruiting game, Hand has been one of the top names in the Class of 2014 for some time now. The 6-foot-4, 248-pound defensive end was a standout player at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge Presented by Under Armour at Soldier Field, and won defensive player at the three day event. He was recognized last year by Rivals.com as the High School Football Junior of the Year, and was chosen as a 2012 USA Today High School Football All-American.

You make the call. Which program is going to receive the commitment? Will there be any theatrics tied to the announcement?

Photo courtesy: Rivals.com

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17 Responses to “Top recruit Da’Shawn Hand to announce decision Thursday”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 11, 2013 12:07 PM

    Am I the only one who hates the lining up 3 hats and picking one ritual.

  2. stabbymike says: Nov 11, 2013 12:30 PM

    @ 8to8otexansblog

    i dont hate the ritual but its too played out. it should be reserved for 5 stars that actually need the colleges laid out in front of them to decide. just my two cents.

    Also Hand is no doubt going to Alabama.

  3. dhardy8207 says: Nov 11, 2013 12:33 PM

    @8to8otexansblog:

    LOL… come on man its for the suspense factor only…lol

  4. seanb20124 says: Nov 11, 2013 12:38 PM

    Wish him luck, and injury free career.

  5. derekgorgonstar says: Nov 11, 2013 1:37 PM

    Class kid, doubt he’ll do the hat thing.

    Notice he’ll have nothing to do with the prison warden at Ohio State?

  6. polegojim says: Nov 11, 2013 1:40 PM

    Reason #405 why ADs can’t allow repeated poor performance be tolerated.

    Top recruits don’t want to join floundering programs. They want to be part of excellence.

  7. provguard says: Nov 11, 2013 1:56 PM

    Will they compare ratings with the LeBron fiasco???

  8. cometkazie says: Nov 11, 2013 2:02 PM

    Earlier this year I saw a listing of top-ranked high schoolers by position and how they did in college and the pros. So many of the “can’t miss” fizzled having a hard time to be with kids who are just as talented as they.

    I wish the youngster well.

  9. bigugly2005 says: Nov 11, 2013 2:07 PM

    Start the PoPo blotter watch now. The circus surrounding this kid guarantees he’ll never live up to the hype. First comes hype, then comes the PoPo. It’s over before it ever started!

  10. bigdinla says: Nov 11, 2013 2:22 PM

    Would love for thus kid to choose Bama, but pretty sure he is all Michigan.

  11. stoicpaisano says: Nov 11, 2013 2:51 PM

    Notice he’ll have nothing to do with the prison warden at Ohio State?

    *******************************************

    Yeah, Urban’s having a real tough go of it, gonna pull in another top 5 class despite it being a down year in Ohio.

    Message board posters really think they’ve a better handle on programs than the recruits who are going to spend the next 3-4 years of their lives there?

  12. dhardy8207 says: Nov 11, 2013 3:08 PM

    Hmmm… I wonder if this kid could be one of several that paid a visit to the UA campus when the student section cleared out early during the Arkansas beat down. Saban’s big issue was that recruits come to see and experience the college game atmosphere and therefore why he was pissed the students left early…

  13. soundsofsuccess7 says: Nov 11, 2013 3:11 PM

    Why are all these kids so infatuated with Alabama?

  14. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 11, 2013 3:11 PM

    stoicpaisano says: Nov 11, 2013 2:51 PM

    Notice he’ll have nothing to do with the prison warden at Ohio State?

    *******************************************

    Yeah, Urban’s having a real tough go of it, gonna pull in another top 5 class despite it being a down year in Ohio.
    _______________________________

    When you think about it, it’s pretty crazy that a vaunted program like Ohio St. could go undefeated 2 years in a row and not get a shot at a national title….

    That said, if the season ended today, they’re watching the BCSNCG on TV…

  15. stoicpaisano says: Nov 11, 2013 4:01 PM

    ^This is true.

    Fortunately, once playoffs start in 2014, OSU won’t have to answer for programs/fanbases like Michigan and Penn State, who have a “crabs-in-a-bucket” mentality and would rather see the conference fail. An undefeated 2014 would at least get the Buckeyes a chance to play for a ‘chip.

  16. sfsugator says: Nov 11, 2013 6:56 PM

    If he wants to play right away he would go to USC. Fact.

  17. flatlander22 says: Nov 12, 2013 1:13 PM

    Does all this hoopla remind you of this years early Heisman projections? Can you say Jadeveon Clowney? Don’t get me wrong, Clowney is a super player, or is at times depending on who you ask. Its just a good thing to keep in mind these are kids, under 21 or under 18 in some cases. They have their whole life in front of them and if they fall short of expectations, they will be labeled as failures by the media and a lot of web-based pundits. Let them be kids and back off a little bit.

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