Five for '14: Defensive Line 

October, 25, 2012
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama has been down this road before.

In each of the last three years, the No. 1 player ranked in the ESPN 150 has been a defensive end, and in two of those three years, the Crimson Tide have been right there, among the finalists. Still, as close as they have come, they haven’t been able to land that top-ranked player.

[+] EnlargeDa'Shawn Hand
Tom Hauck for ESPN.comWoodbridge (Va.) High School defensive end Da'Shawn Hand has received offers from some of the nation's top programs.
In 2011, Alabama came up short as Jadeveon Clowney chose to stay close to home and committed to South Carolina. This year, Robert Nkemdiche has already committed to Clemson, but that doesn’t mean the Tide are out of it yet. There is a lot of time before signing day, and plenty of schools are still recruiting the Georgia native.

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