- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
Da'Shawn Hand has his list narrowed down to Alabama, Florida and Michigan. That’s about all the No. 6 ranked prospect will give anyone when asked which team ranks where and what he’s thinking about each program.
Food is a big part of his recruitment and he won’t even say which school had the best food on his visits.
He has already been out to Michigan and took a trip to Alabama this past weekend. True to form, Hand was tight-lipped about who leads or what he truly though after the visit.
“It was a great visit. We got there, you saw the game for yourself, they crushed Tennessee,” he said. “After that we went to Chuck’s Fish and the food was amazing. We hung out with the players for a while and then back to the hotel.”
While food is something he loves to discuss, he is also very interested in the academics at each program. At Michigan he met with sports management professors and at Alabama he got the opportunity to speak with the engineering dean.
“We got to see an earthquake simulator in the engineering department,” he said. “Basically you connect to a building or something you built and see what type of affect it has on the building. They couldn’t do it while we were there, but that was the best part of the visit, seeing that.”
Not only was his favorite aspect of the visit not football related, but a big part of his decision won’t have anything to do with what he sees on the field either. He is undecided on what school he will attend and he’s also undecided on what major to pursue, since each school offers something different.
Hand says that if he wants to go into sports management it will be Michigan, and if he wants to go into engineering it will be Alabama. Florida offers both, so he will be spending time with professors in both fields on that trip to see if that has any impact on his decision.
The 6-foot-4, 262-pound defensive end says for right now he’s just focused on Florida, though, and will head out to Gainesville on November 9.
That visit will get his full attention and then the five-star prospect will make his final decision on November 14. On that day, he will finally tell everyone who had the best food, academics and where he’ll head for the next four years.
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