Under Brady Hoke, Michigan Football recruiting is in high gear. The Wolverines just landed a commitment from the nation’s #2 ranked player, Jabrill Peppers, and the momentum is picking up steam. One player to keep an eye on is 5-star defensive end Da’Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Virginia). The 6-foot-5, 250 pounder is ranked as the #1 recruit in the nation by rivals and he has serious interest in Michigan.
Hand has a top five of Alabama, Florida, Michigan, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. He reportedly has an affinity for two defensive coordinators; Michigan’s Greg Mattison and Virginia Tech’s Bud Foster. Here’s what Hand said about Mattison in an article on ESPN. “He’s always energetic. That dude is insane. I don’t know how old he is, but at heart that dude is 21,” he said. “We get there and he is listening to Rihanna and Drake, he was dancing and singing. The players said he’s really like that, too. That dude is wild.”
As a junior, Hand notched 78 tackles. He also registered an outrageous 40 tackles for loss and 16 sacks. Rivals.com recruiting analyst, Mike Farrell recently said he believes Michigan and Virginia Tech are the leaders for Hand.
Hand is also a wrestler and a very good student, who is serious about academics. I know that gets thrown around a lot, but consider this quote from a recent espn article.
I want to know the APR [Academic Progress Rate], because the GPA ratings aren’t exact. One thing about APR is that it shows what type of players are there,” Hand said. “If they have people transferring, then it might mean something is wrong. It shows what kind of kids those coaches are recruiting, so that means they might have recruited bad players. I want to be around good people, so that matters.
Michigan’s 2014 recruiting class currently ranks #1 on espn, #3 on scout.com and #4 at rivals.
2014 Commitment List
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