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Monday, July 1, 2013
Hand ready to resume recruiting

By Tom VanHaaren

Defensive end Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge) knows the lay of the land at The Opening. This is his second appearance at the prestigious event in as many years, and he's taking it all in as if it's his first.

The No. 4 player in the country says he has been on a break from recruiting in the past few weeks, but he will resume recruiting activities after The Opening.

"I haven't talked to any college coaches in two or three weeks. I'll probably start back up around mid-July," he said. "I'll just go from there and see what happens. I'll start taking my official visits to my top three, Alabama, Florida and Michigan and then out to LSU and USC, too."

Hand has stayed in control of his recruitment during the entire process, and that's on purpose. He knows exactly what he's looking for and hasn't played any games with any schools along the way. His plans have had to change a few times along the way, but he has held strong for the most part.

"I was going to go to USC for the camp and then to LSU and Florida, but my dad told me not to play games," he said. "So I cut my list to three and then shut my recruitment down. I'll take my visits and then I'll make my decision in December or maybe before then."

He tries to sneak in that he might make a decision before then at the end of his sentence, but it still has some weight in what could end up happening. The plan for now is that he waits until December, but Hand says that it just depends on how he feels. If he knows he's ready to commit, he will end the process and commit.

However, since he is currently uncommitted, the 6-foot-4, 245-pound prospect knows that some of the committed prospects attending The Opening will make him out as a target for their respective schools.

"It's all fun and games. Everyone has a smile on their face and I'm just out here enjoying myself," he said. "Other players recruiting me doesn't impact me or my decision at all. Nobody is going to change my mind."