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Talented Hand taking things slow

Defensive end Da’Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va.) is a potential five-star prospect for the Class of 2014. The 6-foot-5, 247-pounder is versatile, disruptive and athletic and has a bevy of early verbal scholarship offers to back up what he displays when he hits the field on Friday nights.

Defensive end Da'Shawn Hand of Woodbridge is yet another potential five-star prospect from the state of Virginia for the 2014 cycle.



Boston College, Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, Syracuse, Michigan, Oklahoma, South Florida, Clemson, Alabama, South Carolina, Baylor, Georgia Tech and others have offered Hand early.

Despite the early attention, Hand has not made any unofficial visits and has not formulated any opinions on the schools that are in the mix.

“Really, all that I have done is contact each of the schools that have offered me and asked them questions about academics,” he said. “I just want to focus on school and football right now and then start looking at recruiting when I get to my junior year.”

At this stage, Hand says academics are going to be an important part of his ultimate decision.

“I want to major in Engineering,” he said. “But a lot of people say that it’s tough to do that and be a football player because of the labs and things like that, so if not Engineering, I want to major in business.”

Hand plays “four technique” for his high school team, which is a defensive tackle-esque spot, but his projects as a defensive end on the collegiate level. He has been a starter and a dominant player since his freshman year.

Recently, he maxed out at 320 pounds on the bench press.

This summer, he plans to compete at several camps and will attend Alabama’s prospect camp. That’s currently the only college-oriented trip he plans to take in the near future.

Hand had 84 tackles, 21 sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 2011 for his high school team. He earned All-Metro honors from the Washington Post and was a 247Sports All-American.

Insider Buzz: The only program that should feel like it is in decent shape for Hand right now is Alabama. He simply isn’t going to start the process until his junior year of high school. Virginia Tech is working to get him to camp and a visit this summer would help the Hokies position themselves early.

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