In-State Prospects Impress At Richmond VTO

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Last Saturday’s VTO Combine in Richmond featured some impressive talent from both the 2013 and 2014 classes. Editor Zirkle Blakey, who attended the event, took some time to discuss some of the top in-state performers, including a pair of probable 5-star defensive ends in Andrew Brown and De’Shawn Hand.

Hand, who stands 6’5″ and weighs 245 pounds, hails from Woodbridge High School. Brown, who stands 6’4″ and weighs 280 pounds, is a product of Indian River High School in Chesapeake. They were the co-MVPs at the defensive line position at the VTO.

“They are some impressive looking bookends. Nobody could handle them,” Blakey said. “Both of them are great players, but both are also articulate young men.”

Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Michigan, Oklahoma, Penn State, South Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech are among the many offers Hand has received. Brown’s offer list is not as long at this point, but it’s still impressive and includes Georgia Tech, Illinois, North Carolina, N.C. State, Ohio State,¬†South Florida, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

“Hand wants to major in Engineering, and he is already taking honors and advanced courses. He’s a yes sir, no sir kid. He’s very mature sounding. He looks on the field like an SEC player, but maybe he’ll look more towards an academic school. He knows he wants to major in Engineering… it seems like he has a plan. I think he’s a definite 5-star, and [ National Recruiting Analyst Mike] Farrell and some others think he is top 10 or top 15 in the nation.

“Brown is not far behind. After all, he did get co-MVP. He’s another one that looks you in the eye and gives a firm handshake. He’s a mature kid.”

According to Blakey, both players have mentioned the possibility of attending the same school but neither has a clear favorite in the early stages.

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