The Opening: Da'Shawn Hand

BEAVERTON, Ore. - Da'Shawn Hand was one of three 2014 prospects at The Opening and he showed why he was one of the few selected. He is taking the process slow and he talks about that here.

"I really don't know how many offers I have right now, but I would say it is around 50 right now," Da'Shawn Hand told Scout at The Opening.

Although the offers have arrived very early and his name got out there to recruiting services quickly, Hand is taking things at his comfortable pace.

"I am just taking things slow and I am not really thinking much about recruiting. I got my first offer from Boston College in the spring of my freshman year and the rest have come since then.

"I was just a 6-foot-3, 195 pound nose-guard back then, so I was very surprised when I got that offer. So many coaches came by in the spring - I saw some and I and I didn't see some. I am just not worried about recruiting that much right now."

This future five-star does not plan to think much about his future for at least another year.

"I am just going to be a normal kid and enjoy school, my friends, and those type of things for another year.

"I am not going to start focusing on recruiting until my senior year. I will talk to some coaches, I will take some visits, but I will not start to really focus on it until I get to be a senior."

College football is not something this 6-foot-4, 245 pound defensive end out of Woodbridge (Vir.) grew up following. He just started to pay close attention to it recently.

"I never had that favorite school or even favorite player growing up," he said. "I just did not watch college football when I was a kid. I have been watching it the last year or so, but it is still kind of new to me. I do not know a lot about different schools or teams out there yet."

He is keeping his options wide open right now. He does not have any type of favorite yet, but there is one coach who has jumped out to him early.

"Bud Foster at Virginia Tech is my favorite coach right now. I really like his personality and we talk a good bit. He cares about his players, he is easy to talk to, it is common to hear guys that played for him to say good things about him. I really like him."

Hand made it very clear that his liking of Foster does not mean the Hokies are his leader at this time.

He has been to visit Blacksburg twice so far and he has at least two more visits coming up this summer.

"I know I am going to Alabama and Ohio State for their camps, then I may get to Clemson too," he said. "I am not sure on Clemson yet, but the first two I am sure on."

For now, this elite defensive end is just taking things in stride. He is a top college football prospect, but he is trying to keep his life as normal as possible.

He will change his mindset when he needs to.

"I don't care much about the recruiting process right now. I don't want to get caught up in all that, so I am not worrying about it. When I am senior, I will look at things a little differently." Top Stories