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November 11, 2013
Rivals.com, NBC to air Hand announcement
Da'Shawn Hand, Rivals.com's No. 1 ranked college football prospect, will make his college declaration live at noon ET Thursday, Nov. 14 on Rivals.com and NBC Sports Network's SportsDash with Yahoo Sports.
SportsDash will air a specially produced show surrounding the event, including feature segments on Hand, interviews with football experts and analysis from Rivals.com national recruiting director Mike Farrell and Yahoo Sports college football columnist Pat Forde. Yahoo Sports will produce a separate show that will stream live on Rivals.com.
Hand, who is considered by Rivals.com to be the nation's best high school football player in the class of 2014, will make the announcement live from his school's gymnasium at Woodbridge High School in Woodbridge, Va. Choosing from among Alabama, Florida and Michigan, Hand has received more than 90 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) offers. He will be joined by his family, the Woodbridge High School football team, coaches, student body and the school's marching band.
The 6-foot-4, 248-pound defensive end was a standout player at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge Presented by Under Armour at Soldier Field and was named the top defensive lineman at the three-day event. He was recognized last year by Rivals.com as the High School Football Junior of the Year and was chosen as a 2012 USA Today High School Football All-American.
"Hand is a rare athletic specimen who has incredible body control and balance for a big rush end and is very hard to knock off his feet," Farrell said. "He's very quick off the snap, has a nice array of pass-rushing moves and he strings the run out well by taking on blocks and shedding at the proper time. He beats defenders so easily at times it looks like he's going at half speed.
"His willingness to play defensive tackle for his team as a junior and take on triple teams while still being effective speaks to his team-first attitude and character. He's the most rare pass rusher since Jadeveon Clowney and has the potential to be as dominant in college."
After Hand announces his college selection, Rivals.com, Yahoo Sports Radio, NBCSports.com and CSNwashington.com will feature post-declaration coverage focused on the announcement and its impact.