Da'Shawn Hand: Top Defensive End in the Country

By Tim Carroll
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Da’Shawn Hand is the type of player that puts up the ridiculous kind of numbers a future college star should put up in high school. He recorded 84 tackles, 21 sacks and 14 tackles for a loss his sophomore season in 2011 for Woodbridge High School. Going into the next season, teams in Woodbridge’s region must have thought that they could neutralize Hand by running the football. Hand’s numbers altered a little bit as he registered 78 tackles, 16 sacks, and a mind-boggling 40 tackles for a loss. It’s hard to imagine his numbers could get any better as he gets ready for his senior season.

Woodbridge is coming off of back to back years in which they went 6-4 in the regular season, missing the playoffs in 2011 and losing in the first round in 2012. They lost to Battlefield High School 17-0, and a struggling offense has been the theme for the last two seasons. However, they have made progress from year to year and figure to get even better this year. Perhaps that will be enough to allow Hand’s and others’ contributions to translate to more victories in the regular season as well as the playoffs.

Hand has said recently that his top five schools are Alabama, Florida, Michigan, South Carolina, and home state Virginia Tech. He also said LSU is in the mix. Despite all the SEC love he seems to be giving out, it is rumored that the Wolverines and the Hokies are the top two candidates to get Hand, and some are predicting that he will choose Virginia Tech to stay in-state. Hand is so coveted, a college coach he wouldn’t name once told him that he could meet Michael Jackson if he chose their school, despite the pop-star being deceased.

It will be interesting to see what happens, because he could really boost Michigan’s or Virginia Tech’s defense if he chooses either of them. And as one of the top defenders in the nation, he could really add to one of the already outstanding defenses of the SEC as well.

Tim Carroll is a Prep Sports Columnist RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Timbo_Slice00 and add him to your circle on Google.

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