South Carolina continues to find themselves in the mix for the nation's best recruit in 2014 as defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand released a new top five on Monday.
Hand currently lists South Carolina, Florida, Virginia Tech, Michigan and Alabama as his top five schools currently in the running for his commitment.
New top five Alabama,Florida,Michigan,South Carolina,VaTech— Da'shawn Hand (@TheHand54) February 4, 2013
Hand had previously listed North Carolina among his top five schools but a few recent coaching changes caused North Carolina to be moved out and replaced by Florida. The moves that caused this were Brad Lawing departed South Carolina for Florida and the Gamecocks hiring former UNC defensive line coach Deke Adams to replace Lawing.
There was a good connection brewing between Lawing and Hand while Lawing was with the Gamecocks. The no-nonsense approach to his recruitment by Lawing certainly had a hand in the Gamecocks landing in Hand's initial top five. Lucky for South Carolina, Deke Adams was also doing a great job recruiting Hand for North Carolina.
So far, South Carolina has a major selling point to Da'Shawn Hand and his name is Jadeveon Clowney. Look at how the Gamecocks' star defensive end has blossomed at South Carolina in his two short years here in Columbia. This past season, Clowney became an even bigger commodity and was being tossed around as a player who would be the number one draft pick in this year's NFL draft as a sophomore.
Hand's abilities in high school right now are nearly unrivaled across the country. Hand has an incredible burst and quickness off the edge as a pass-rusher. He has a great frame already and can provide plenty of power going up against big offensive lineman.
The 6-foot-5, 247-pound junior from Woodbridge, Virginia has over 30 offers among the nation's best schools across the country. There is currently no timetable for his decision and plans to make multiple visits to his top five schools before deciding on his new home.
A strong 2013 season by the Gamecocks with Jadeveon Clowney in the headlines could certainly help South Carolina's chances in landing Da'Shawn Hand.