Junior All-American Hand Visits VT

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Da’Shawn Hand (photo courtesy Mark Rodgers/Eddie Saltzman)

Woodbridge (VA) junior Da’Shawn Hand was in Blacksburg last Saturday, visiting Virginia Tech for the third time this year.

“I just wanted to go and see a live scrimmage there,” said Hand, who previously attended Tech’s Spring Game (which was cancelled) and one-day camp in June.  “I met some players.  I met a lot of the players.  I got to talk to the coaches again.”

After speaking with the 6’5″, 245-pound defensive end shortly after his June visit, it was clear that Bud Foster had made a big-time first impression.  Hand continues to be impressed with the longtime Virginia Tech defensive coordinator, something that certainly bodes well as far as the Hokies being a major player throughout this race.

“Coach Foster is still my favorite coach in recruiting,” Hand said.  “But I still don’t have a top group of schools or anything like that.”

Did Foster and/or head coach Frank Beamer have any particular message?

“No,” answered Hand, who boasts over 30 scholarship offers from major FBS programs.  “It was just a regular visit.  They know I’ll be coming back for another visit.”

Hand says he may attend Tech’s season opener against Georgia Tech.  If he is unable to make that game, expect him to return to Blacksburg at some point this fall.  He plans to attend games at other schools as well, but nothing is set right now.  In addition to the three visits he made to Blacksburg this spring and summer, Hand has also visited Alabama, North Carolina, and Virginia once each.  All three of the latter trips occurred over the course of this spring and summer.

One of only five juniors named to the American Family