Rivals' No. 1 recruit Da'Shawn Hand picks Alabama

Anniston StarNovember 14, 2013 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Da’Shawn Hand, Rivals.com No. 1 prospect in the nation, will play college football at Alabama.

Hand is a 6-foot-4, 254-pound defensive end from Woodbridge (Va.) Senior High School. He made his decision live on national television audience on the NBCSports Network.

“I got to really see how the campus life is outside of the football season,” Hand said. “ I went on my official and I saw how the gameday atmosphere is and the culture. They have a winning tradition, all the coaches care about their players and they don’t lie to you. They tell you how it is. I know when I go in, I’m not going to be No. 1 on the depth chart and I know I’m going to have to do a lot of hard work. They have the most freshmen playing this year so anything is possible.”

Hand also cited academics as a big selling point for him, as he’ll likely be an engineering major.

“Dean (Charles) Karr, the engineering dean, he’s a football guy,” Hand said. “I love that guy.”

Hand chose the Tide over Florida and Michigan. He is the Tide’s 23rd commit for its 2014 class.

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