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The Opening: Da'Shawn Hand Update
Scout.com's complete coverage of The Opening 2013 presented by NIKE Most of the offensive lineman at The Opening already know about Woodbridge (Va.) High's Da'Shawn Hand, the No. 2 prospect in the 2014 class and the top defensive end. He is used the attention off the field, and following the morning Sparq testing he spoke about his recruitment, and he said all remains status quo. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound Hand said Alabama, Florida and Michigan are his top three, and despite overtures from Oscar Smith (Chesapeake) five-star defensive tackle Andrew Brown following his commitment to Virginia, the Cavaliers are not on his list. "He wants me to go where I want to go," Hand said, "and I want him to go where he goes." Hand said he doesn't plan on making any more visits this summer, but he will take official visits in the fall, although he is yet to set any dates for them. "All the schools give me an equal opportunity," Hand said. "All the schools have nice coaching staffs." Hand's most recent visit was to Michigan, and he left with a strong vibe from the staff. "Michigan's coaching staff is real genuine," he said. "It's a good football program. They're looking for defensive ends. The sports marketing program …crazy. Crazy. I love it. Everybody there is just nice." Alabama's propensity for developing defensive players, especially on the defensive line, stands out to Hand. "Alabama is a factory," Hand said. "They get you ready for the NFL and they win championships. The engineering dean is a football guy and it's a great program. I've been there. The coaching staff gets you in, gets you out and it's real good." Hand's respect for the Florida stands out when it comes to the Gators. "Florida, I'm interested in the football program," he said. "It's a good degree. The coaching staff, with (coach) Will Muschamp and (defensive line coach) Brad Lawing, are defensive geniuses."
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