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No. 1 recruit Da’Shawn Hand picks Alabama

Da'Shawn Hand

The nation’s No. 1 recruit chose a new home Thursday, and it’s Tuscaloosa.

Woodbridge, Va., defensive end Da’Shawn Hand verbally committed to Alabama during a ceremony at his high school Thursday, going with the Crimson Tide over Florida and Michigan.

Hand said he received 94 total offers, the first of which came from Boston College when he was in ninth grade. During his recruitment, he was promised a meeting with Michael Jackson.

For Alabama, Hand adds to what Rivals ranks as the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class — and that was before he verbally committed to Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide. He’s the second five-star recruit to commit to Alabama, joining West Monroe, La. offensive lineman Cameron Robinson.

“Why not go where it’s a great possibility that you can win a national championship,”Hand asked rhetorically. In light of that quote, perhaps it’s worth noting Michigan has slipped well out of the top 25 this year while Florida needs a miracle to become bowl eligible.

Hand is the next in an illustrious line of Rivals No. 1 recruits, joining Vince Young, Adrian Peterson, Terrelle Pryor and Jadeveon Clowney, among others.

Here’s Rivals recruiting expert Mike Farrell on how Hand got to this point:

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34 Responses to “No. 1 recruit Da’Shawn Hand picks Alabama”
  1. mydixienormus says: Nov 14, 2013 12:52 PM

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  2. michiganstillsucks says: Nov 14, 2013 12:56 PM

    And Michigan STILL SUCKS!

    hahahahahahHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

  3. be4bama says: Nov 14, 2013 12:58 PM

    ROLL TIDE

  4. pw1265 says: Nov 14, 2013 1:08 PM

    When you pay the most money to the kids now days what do you expect?!?!?!?!?!
    there is nothing else in Alabama, so you know the alumni pay TONS of money to these kids!!!

    its not called the SE CRIMINAL CONFERENCE for nothing you know……

    So who cares about this kid and hoping he tears a cpl ACL’s

  5. Deb says: Nov 14, 2013 1:10 PM

    I don’t get overly excited about this stuff because they’re kids, and kids can change their minds before signing day. But it’s always a good day when a big recruit says “Bama.” :)

    Roll Tide!

  6. pw1265 says: Nov 14, 2013 1:11 PM

    whats even funnier…..the alumni pay tons of money to these kids and then the Alabama govt will do all in its power to make sure they cant vote….lmao!!!!
    just more proof they pay them ALOT of Benjamins!!! or the kids are really dumb.

  7. apkyletexas says: Nov 14, 2013 1:13 PM

    “I’m thinking about Michigan or Florida…..Just kidding! Got ya!!”

  8. Deb says: Nov 14, 2013 1:14 PM

    @pw1265 …

    Bama and other SEC teams are well-used to bad sportsmanship and idiotic accusations because their coaches work nonstop and aspire to a higher level of excellence. But to hope a kid tears a couple of ACLs? You’re typical of guys today who find their testosterone in the anonymity of the Internet and use it to bully people and make themselves feel like big men. It doesn’t take a big man to throw a tantrum and wish injury on a kid. It takes a very small person.

  9. dkhhuey says: Nov 14, 2013 1:16 PM

    Hand was leaning towards TSUN early according to those outlets that cover these recruiting stories, but given the complete implosion of that team this year, this does not surprise me! Too bad OSU was never in the picture for this kid – he would have looked awesome in Scarlet and Gray!

  10. dkhhuey says: Nov 14, 2013 1:17 PM

    @Deb – well said!

  11. afrancis55 says: Nov 14, 2013 1:28 PM

    In $abans case money really can buy anything!

    PAYROLL TIDE

  12. jason1214 says: Nov 14, 2013 1:29 PM

    Wow, grown men ripping an 18 year old for his College choice…..and Bama haters ripping a Bama post…strange.

    RTR

  13. liverpoolred04 says: Nov 14, 2013 1:54 PM

    Checked cleared

  14. BrownsTown says: Nov 14, 2013 1:56 PM

    Al-Betar’d

  15. txstatebobcats1868 says: Nov 14, 2013 1:57 PM

    @ dkhhuey,

    I don’t know if I’m having a brain fart or just plain brain dead from the all nighter I had to pull for school and work…but who is TSUN?

  16. jason1214 says: Nov 14, 2013 2:00 PM

    Yup folks, has NOTHING to do with winning…….its all about “checks clearing”………..morons. Please find a new excuse.

  17. louhudson23 says: Nov 14, 2013 2:12 PM

    No player who signs with Alabama does so without the full knowledge of how hard and long they will be expected to work,how accountable they will be held,as well as the rewards that await them. While some spout nonsense about how tall the coach is or isn’t,those eager for the challenge to be the best will always seriously consider Alabama….as for the paying of players, the easy money lies elsewhere,that you can be sure of….these Championships are earned by these young men and their coaches by way of work,study,preparation,honest analysis of shortcomings and more work…….let those who just care for a paycheck go elsewhere. Pride and commitment are the admission standards….a nice Engineering degree from there is not a small part of the attraction,as this young man made clear……

  18. jdbaker01 says: Nov 14, 2013 2:14 PM

    Great news for Bama, Roll Tide. Non-binding verbal commitment! Take that one to the bank.

  19. l0gicalv0icesays says: Nov 14, 2013 2:30 PM

    Hand made the announcement at 12:30. By 12:45, his bank account increased by 7 figures. $aban should be proud of himself

  20. tide4life says: Nov 14, 2013 2:44 PM

    Morons and haters are gonna be morons and haters.
    BTW- what happened to all that ND trash that was talking so much s**t this time last year?

  21. stoicpaisano says: Nov 14, 2013 2:47 PM

    Here is Farrell backtracking on all his previous statements lol.

    I’m not sure Mike even leaves Connecticut other than to go to the big events like Top Gun/The Opening/UnderArmour game.

    Rivals hired some 25-year old to handle the whole Eastern seaboard now that Farrell is ‘national’.

  22. Deb says: Nov 14, 2013 3:35 PM

    @BrownsTown …

    Awww … and here I am rooting for your guys to win the division (as the lesser of all evils). Pffffttt.

  23. frank booth says: Nov 14, 2013 3:41 PM

    Alabama is not unique in that the coaches and players work hard, expectations are high, and the potential for reward and fulfillment of NFL aspirations are readily attainable.

    But to think that Alabama’s program is above offering money to recruits is plain ludicrous. The programs that get caught are just the tip of the iceberg, and there are many other programs that don’t get caught.

    Just as recruiting, coaching, and play calling are skills, so is the financial enticement of recruits and the use of boosters and others to make sure the top players are taken care of, as well as keeping it quiet.

    These programs are primary revenue generators, and winning comes above all else, and they pull out all of the stops. It’s more plausible that these teams offer money or other incentives to recruits than it is implausible, whether it’s the SEC, Big 10, or other major conferences.

    As for the NCAA, they have a conflict in carrying out their mandate. They will investigate and sanction those programs where there is blatant and readily discoverable violations, but if they were to really dig deep into some of these programs, they would find a ton of impropriety. They don’t want to do that; it would throw the whole college football system into upheaval.

  24. buckeye1nation says: Nov 14, 2013 3:50 PM

    @txstate–TSUN is That School Up North..It’s what Buckeye fans call UM..

  25. pettytom says: Nov 14, 2013 5:00 PM

    Pretty sure the unanimous #1 recruit this year is Leonard Fournette, who will probably still choose Bama anyways, but 95% of recruiting website have him rated #1.

  26. thebigcaptain2011 says: Nov 14, 2013 5:00 PM

    Muck Fichigan

  27. amosalanzostagg says: Nov 14, 2013 6:58 PM

    Bama wins simply because recruits know who will prepare them for the rigors of the NFL. Take a look at the marketing piece put out by the University of Alabama football program which extols the 119 players drafted by NFL teams since 1991 by Saban coached teams. Simple, direct and to the point.

    Should Saban leave to go to another school, you think the recruiting class of 2014 would not have second thoughts?

    Out of recruits committed to Bama, they are either #1 or #2 in their respective positions. That is scary. This is the main reason Saban isn’t leaving Bama. He has his system going the way that HE wants and he really doesn’t want to even think of starting over AND deal with the LHN. Come football season he is obsessed with football and football only.

    RTR

  28. Anoesis says: Nov 14, 2013 8:13 PM

    The rich get richer and Bama fans get yet another reason to gloat.

    At what point do you get tired of pounding the crap out of everyone in college football, to say nothing of attracting every top recruit, and just go ahead and apply to be the next NFL expansion team?

    I was hoping this kid would see the light and take on a real challenge. There’s nothing special about following every other highly-ranked recruit to the school that’s dominated the game for the past several years.

    Hand could have been a true bmoc at any other school. Now he’ll just be another product in a long line of players manufactured to play at the next level. The NFL doesn’t need a minor league to develop its players. It has Alabama and 118 scout teams.

  29. Deb says: Nov 14, 2013 10:56 PM

    @Anoesis …

    Your animosity toward Alabama certainly results in some odd posts.

    We went 17 years between championships, through lousy times with some truly sorry coaches. Nick’s been with us six years. So now we’re in a happy place. Success for any program ebbs and flows. Try to be patient–Bama will be down again.

    But don’t blame a kid for wanting to maximize his potential to play at the next level. This isn’t the next Picasso who’s sold out his talent to a paint-by-numbers manufacturer. He’s a football player. Of course, he wants to go where he’ll have the best opportunity to be seen on the national stage and perhaps win a championship.

  30. tommy57 says: Nov 15, 2013 6:55 AM

    I agree with Deb and others about bad-mouthing Alabama’s football success (they suck at backetball). If you don’t like Alabama and you get the chance, beat them. Alabama holds a 10-5 edge over Penn State, and that’s what makes those games very special when the opportunity arises. So, for those of you lucky enough to be on the schedule, man-up and take them on. Surely, they are not invincible (or are they?)

  31. irishkwh says: Nov 15, 2013 8:59 AM

    I loved that Hand was telling everyone that academics would be the #1 factor and then he picks Bama.

    Just keep it real, I want to play football and have someone else do my schoolwork. If I don’t make it to the NFL, then obamacare will take care of me.

  32. tide4life says: Nov 15, 2013 1:39 PM

    There we go- I knew there was one out there somewhere.

  33. halbert53 says: Nov 15, 2013 1:52 PM

    Most people want the national championship to be decided on the playing field. Everybody else is on here bashing Bama because they know how it would come out. It takes a real adult male who never graduated from high school to bad mouth a kid over his college choice. But in all this venom that’s been spewed, I’ve discovered two important things about Hand: not only is he a lot smarter than 75% of the posters here, he also has a lot more class.

  34. waynefontes says: Nov 19, 2013 8:13 AM

    Anoesis says:
    Nov 14, 2013 8:13 PM
    The rich get richer and Bama fans get yet another reason to gloat.

    At what point do you get tired of pounding the crap out of everyone in college football, to say nothing of attracting every top recruit, and just go ahead and apply to be the next NFL expansion team?

    I was hoping this kid would see the light and take on a real challenge. There’s nothing special about following every other highly-ranked recruit to the school that’s dominated the game for the past several years.

    Hand could have been a true bmoc at any other school. Now he’ll just be another product in a long line of players manufactured to play at the next level. The NFL doesn’t need a minor league to develop its players. It has Alabama and 118 scout teams.

    ————————————————-

    But couldn’t you have said the exact thing about Southern Cal during the Pete Carroll Era? All of those all star classes, dominating seasons and national championships?

    Would you feel the same way about him if he had turned down your Trojans at the height of your success to take on a real challenge?

    I agree with your point, but I’m just curious if your thoughts would change had it been him turning down your team at the height of their powers.

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