Thursday, September 19, 2013
Early Offer: Hand’s changes good for UM
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Da'Shawn Hand changing his visit schedule up is good news for Wolverine fans and bad news for Alabama fans; Arizona, Arizona State, Oklahoma and Texas A&M fans can see big pieces of their 2014 recruiting classes on television Friday night; and one of the top juco recruits in last year’s class is going to redshirt at Kansas.
Five-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge) was set to visit Florida on Oct. 4 for its game against Arkansas and Alabama on Nov. 8 for its game against LSU with national title implications on the line. However, the SAT is on Oct. 5, causing Hand to alter his schedule. Hand is still ironing out the final details, but it looks like he will visit Alabama on Oct. 25 when its hosts Tennessee, and he'll trip to Florida on Nov. 8 when the Gators host Vanderbilt. He’s already taken a visit to Michigan and will announce his decision on Nov. 14. The Wolverines have been his leader for quite some time with Florida and then Alabama next in line. Some observers have long-worried what a visit to Alabama for what could be the game of the year would do to Hand’s process. But a college coach close to the situation believes the change now gives Michigan a major edge and puts Bama clearly third in the pack. “I would say this puts it at about 80 percent for Michigan,” the coach said. “The biggest question left is whether or not Florida can wow him enough right before his announcement to get him to change his mind.”
Drama in the desert The Geico ESPN High School Football Showcase heads West this week for Friday night’s game between Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain and Scottsdale Chaparral (10 p.m. ET, ESPNU). Not only is does the game feature two top-10 teams in Arizona, it showcases three of the top six prospects in Arizona. Chaparral is headlined by four-star cornerback/receiver Tyler Whiley, the state’s second-best prospect and an Arizona State commitment, and three-star tight end/receiver Trevor Wood, the state’s No. 12 player and an Arizona recruit. Desert Mountain is highlighted by four-star Texas A&M-bound quarterback Kyle Allen and four-star Oklahoma-bound tight end/receiver Mark Andrews. According to AZCentral.com, there is plenty of vitriol between the two programs, which should also make for compelling TV. Last year, the week of the Chaparral-Desert Mountain game at Desert Mountain, Chaparral had the head of the Firebird head cut out of its FieldTurf.
Top KU recruit to redshirt On Tuesday, I wrote about the early results of top three junior college players from the Class of 2013, and there was some questions about the status of No. 3 ranked Marquel Combs who signed with Kansas. After sitting out the first two games, Jayhawk coach Charlie Weis said Tuesday that Combs is likely going to redshirt this season. Weis said Combs was open to the idea of redshirting because it would give him more time in the program and a better chance of becoming an impact player.