Da’Shawn Hand is widely considered as the nation’s top recruit in the 2014 class and was recently named a 2014 All-American by 247Sports. Just because he has a laundry list of offers doesn’t exactly mean the talented defensive end has it easy.
You may be saying, he could go anywhere he wants in the country and you’re telling me he doesn’t have it easy? Well, that’s exactly what I’m saying as the pressure is at an all-time high for this highly touted recruit from Virginia.
The Pennsylvania-native was born and raised in the city of Philadelphia and looked to take after his dad and play football. Since high school started, he has been making his mark on the football field. Hand started the final six games of his freshman season on varsity, recording 65 tackles, five tackles for loss and three sacks.
His numbers for the past two seasons have been even more impressive. In 2011, his sophomore season, the top recruit racked up 84 tackles and 21 sacks. His sack total went down to 16 in 2012, but he accrued 40 tackles for loss as a junior and really made a name for himself in the recruiting world.
With 38 scholarship offers so far and a visit to the University of Michigan planned for March 15, Hand is poised to make a selection soon.
The Wolverines used to be known for their defensive prowess and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison seems to be bringing that toughness back. If he were to choose the Wolverines, he would join an already-talented and young defense that would be one of the best in the Big Ten for years to come.
Brady Hoke‘s Wolverines are a team on the rise and I wouldn’t be surprised if they made a national title run while Hand is still in college and if he picks Michigan, a run looks likely.
There’s no doubt Hand will fit in with the Wolverine defensive scheme– not that it matters because he is the kind of guy that defenses build around.