**Quick Note: Da’Shawn Hand’s intended major was switched from engineering to Sports Management.
Well we all know one thing for sure: Da’Shawn Hand can flat out play football. He’s the number one recruit in the nation according to 24/7 sports, and I personally believe the number one crown is fitting for Hand. “Dominant” is often the first word used to describe Hand’s ability, mainly because he is a complete package, and a FREAK.
Da’Shawn Hand has already taken a trip out to Michigan to see the campus and get to experience what being a college football player and student is all about. He enjoyed it and even showed how much so by tweeting
“I love this place” while he was in Ann Arbor. Either that is an encouraging sign, or he’s the biggest troll since Gunner Kiel. But I hope it’s not the case at this time. Although it was an encouraging sign, he has made it clear that he is NOT comparing schools at this time. That means to me that he is going to make this play out, sort of similar to the Derrick Green situation this past winter.
Moreover, Hand is a ballplayer and a great athlete who plays DL. Hand is listed as a Defensive End, but he also can play the Defensive Tackle position extremely well. Hand is quick, explosive, and a dominant player at his position, and rarely ever is he beat off the ball. Disrupting pass plays is a big thing for Hand, and is also very good at stopping the run. If he ends up in a winged helmet when his recruitment is over, a big reason could be the possibility of playing next to Taco Charlton, Bryan Mone, Henry Poggi and many other good football players, and be able to contribute with them. Hand would be in a fantastic position to excel in college if he lines up next to those players, and could set up Michigan to have one of the best defensive lines in the Big Ten, and possibly even the nation.
Landing a recruit like Da’Shawn Hand would mean nothing but good news for the Michigan football program, as well as the Michigan fan base. Signing a player like Hand could possibly lead to the domino effect that the SEC has seemed to perfect over the past decade or so. What I mean by that is that Hand could bring in players like Jabrill Peppers, the number 2 prospect in the country, Quin Blanding, a highly touted Safety, and a few others. Peppers would be more realistic, he is high on Michigan, and that would mean locking up the two top-rated prospects in this year’s draft class.
Michigan would love to land him, and I think there’s a realistic shot that they do, but not why you think. Michigan’s engineering program is one of the best in the country, something that Hand is making a priority for his school he chooses, it is his intended major, and it seems like he is making college education his top priority while going to school in 2014. It plays well in Michigan’s favor that their academics are so highly touted because the players there are realizing that not only football can get them to succeed, off the football field can as well.
Overall, Da’Shawn Hand is a player that I would love to see don the maize and blue. I’m not sure how much he is ready to commit to a leader just yet, but there is as good a shot as any other team in the country for the Wolverines as of today. Michigan is in play here, and that is, again, due to the recruiting tactics of Brady Hoke, and being able to play for such a smart, and gifted coach like Greg Mattison. Da’Shawn Hand is more than a freak athlete, he is a program changer, and Michigan could have their program changed for the better once the dust settles and this whole thing is said and done.
As always, Go Blue!