"I thought they were going to lose at first, but I like how the defense didn't give up," the 6-foot-4, 245-pounder from Woodbridge (Va.) said. "When they came out in the second half, they had like five sacks, I think three turnovers. And then special teams just stepped up to the plate."
Hand had a premonition when Gio Bernard set up to return the punt with 30 seconds remaining in the game.
"You know what is weird? I kind of called it," Hand said. "I was sitting there and I was talking to my teammate and my cousin and I was like ‘Watch Gio return this.' Next thing you know, he returned it. So I basically foresaw a miracle happening."
Previously, Hand visited UNC in mid-June.
"When I visited the first time, I got to see all the academic facilities – the academic side of the school," Hand said. "And then [Saturday], I got to see the football side, including the school spirit. The school spirit is crazy – I love it."
In spite of their game obligations on Saturday, UNC's coaching staff – particularly Larry Fedora, Walt Bell, and Deke Adams – made sure to spend as much time as reasonably possible with Hand.
"I talked to the coaches a lot before the game and after the game," Hand said. "Of course, after the game they were in a good mood, so that was good.
"They told me before I got there they just wanted to me to see what they had. They didn't really pressure me or anything. They were just like ‘This is what we have, this is how we coach, I hope you like the atmosphere, and we hope you like it.' And I did."
Bell heads up UNC's recruiting efforts of Hand.
"He's a good recruiter," Hand said. "He doesn't bust me like some recruiters do. He knows when and when not to tell my coaches to tell me to call him or hit me up on Facebook. He just doesn't bug me. He sends letters and tells me to call him and when I see that, I call him. He's a cool dude – laid back. He tells the truth. I have a good relationship with him."
The only other football game Hand has attended this football season is West Virginia vs. James Madison, but that was at FedEx Field. He would like to attend a game this coming weekend, but isn't sure where.
To get a better hold of his recruitment, Hand plans to narrow his list of schools under consideration to ten on Dec. 1.
"I'm just going to think about it, talk it over with my coaches and my father, and do my research and whatever offers the best for me that's the teams that are going to make it," Hand said.