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No. 1 New Jersey CB Harrison Hand visited Virginia Tech; Big 12, Big Ten, SEC on radar

CHERRY HILL, N.J. -- Harrison Hand, the No. 1 cornerback in New Jersey, updates his official visits plans.

Harrison Hand, New Jersey's top cornerback, is looking at a few more official visits before he decides on a school.

The 5-foot-11 1/2, 183-pound Hand tripped to Virginia Tech last weekend, and he knows he will make an official visit to West Virginia in the coming months. Also, a recent Missouri offer has Hand intrigued, Syracuse also remains involved with Hand. and in a few weeks he will stay in-state for a trip to Rutgers for the game against Michigan.

"We just don't know if it's going to be an official (of unofficial)," Hand said Friday during Scout's stop at Cherry Hill West. "I know I'm going to go to the game. I know it's going to be a real good game."


Hand's first offiicial visit was to Virginia Tech last weekend, and he watched the Hokies dismantle Boston College.

"I loved it," Hand said of the trip. "The game, the atmosphere, was insane. I loved the coaches, the staff, the players, the locker room ...just the whole atmosphere of the school."

Hand said the moment he arrived on campus, he could tell Virginia Tech was special.

"When I first got in, there was candy, Gatorade, water and a cookie cake in the hotel," Hand said. "We drove around the campus and we went to lunch at the school with the players and the coaches. It was great. Then, we walked around the school and then we went to the game."

He is being recruited by Hokies defensive backs coach Brian Mitchell, who was at Cherry Hill West last Friday to check in on Hand, who then got to see the staff, and Mitchell, in action.

"I mostly watched the defensive backs, but I watched the whole game," Hand said. "He's a great coach, and I definitely like coaches that know what they're talking about. There are a lot of coaches that think they know what they're telling you, but they're not really teaching you and making sure you are learning it. He makes sure of that."

Hand was hosted by by former North Jersey offensive lineman Tyrell Smith.

"He was telling me it's a great school," Hand said. "He said the coaches were great. He was telling me about the atmosphere and how you manage your time."

Hand will visit Rutgers for the Oct. 8 game against Michigan, and he said the Scarlet Knights' coaching staff are being dilligent in recruiting him.

"I talk to all of the coaches," Hand said. "They will hit me up asking me about my game and how things are going."

West Virginia recently offered Hand, and it is a school he plans on officially visiting.

"I really like that school a lot," Hand said. "Truthfully, sometimes I don't know the reasons why I like a school, but I just really like it. I know I want to take an official visit to West Virginia."

Missouri doled out a few offers in New Jersey a few weeks ago, and Hand said it came as a surprise. He added he is intrigued but the Tigers.

"That was my first SEC offer," Hand said. "They hit me up (on twitter), and the next thing I knew, I got the offer from them. After that, I started talking to their (defensive backs) coach, Greg Brown. I don't know too much about them."

Syracuse also stays in contact with Hand, and he is intrigued giving the Orange dipped into Cherry Hill West a few years ago.

"I have not been there but I would like to see the school," Hand said. "I want to see why Rodney Williams liked them and what he saw there."

Hand said he "really wants to take at least two more officials" before making his decision.

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