Da’Shawn Hand, the nation’s consensus No. 1 defensive end, shocked the recruiting world Wednesday.
The Woodbridge (Va.) five-star recruit named Alabama, Florida and Michigan as his Top 3 and eliminated South Carolina and Virgina Tech, which was thought to be leading for his services.
But since the school doesn’t offer a degree in sports management, Hand’s desired major, he dropped the Hokies from consideration. The 6-foot-4, 248-pounder said he didn’t connect with the professor in the undergraduate program at South Carolina.
Hand, who Rivals.com ranks as the top overall recruit, will officially visit his three finalists in the fall and go to LSU and Southern Cal on his other two officials. However, he insists the Tigers and Trojans are on the outside looking in.
The Wolverines are now believed to hold the edge for Hand, but the fact that UF is one of his favorites and he hasn’t even visited yet bodes well for the Gators. If he’s serious about academics, Alabama may be the odd man out considering the reputation of Florida and Michigan. And if it comes down to those two, UF has the SEC prestige and Sunshine State weather working in its favor.
Lewisville (Texas) Hebron safety Jamal Adams trimmed his Top 12 to a half-dozen Wednesday. The Gators made the cut for the 6-foot, 199-pounder along with Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas and Texas A&M (no leaders). The Rivals100 and ESPN150 member is the godson of UF receivers coach Joker Phillips and visits Gainesville this weekend. His recruitment is expected to come down to Florida and the Texas schools.
District Height (Md.) Bishop McNamara offensive tackle Damian Prince, a five-star prospect according to Rivals, released a Top-10 list Tuesday of Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Maryland, Ohio State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt (in alphabetical order). The Gators are making a move for the 6-foot-5, 292-pounder and will receive a trip from him in July. FSU is the school to beat at this time.