Hand Breaks Down Top Five

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Alabama, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech make up nationally recruited junior Da’Shawn Hand ‘s top five, Hand revealed on Twitter Tuesday night.  On Wednesday night, the Woodbridge (VA) defensive end was asked if these schools are his finalists or just current favorites.

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

“It’s not my final five,” Hand answered.  “It might change, but not likely.  I’m probably going to be sticking with this five, but I’m not closing off my recruitment.”

Of the five favorites, Hand has visited Alabama, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech.  He dismissed the notion that one of these three programs is his current favorite.

“Everybody’s think’s Tech’s the leader, but I don’t have a leader.  I don’t have one favorite.  That’s why I put it in alphabetical order,” Hand said.

Beginning with the in-state Hokies, Hand revealed what stands out about these five schools in particular.

“Coach Foster and I have a good connection.  The coaching staff makes you feel at home there,” said Hand, who boasts offers from virtually every major FBS program in the nation.  “I’ve been there three times.  I feel welcome.  There is not a lot of trouble to get into there.  It’s great football.  Coach Foster knows how to coach defensive ends.  It feels at home.

“Alabama has all the pieces of the puzzle.  It has football, academics, discipline, chemistry.  Coach Saban is amazing.  Lance Thompson has done a great job recruiting me.  It’s another level of football there.

“South Carolina, I see them giving equal opportunities there.  You see the deal with [star defensive end Jadeveon] Clowney.  He played as a true freshman, and look what he has turned into.  I’ve heard they have a great Engineering school, but I haven’t visited there yet.