Top ranked prospect has Florida in his top 5

The Gators coaching staff are visiting out of state prospects all week and they are sure not to waist the opportunity by visiting the number one prospect in the country.

This year’s top prospect is Woodbridge (Va.) Senior defensive end Da’Shawn Hand who has a good relationship with Florida’s new defensive line coach.

“Me and Brad Lawing have a good relationship,” Hand said. “He is a good coach and he has a tradition of working with good defensive linemen. I know he coached Jadeveon Clowney and that’s good and all but we are two different people and players.”

While the 6-foot-4, 245-pound Hand has yet to visit Florida, he still knows some stuff about Florida and likes what he knows.

“I really like coach (Will) Muschamp and coach Lawing,” Hand said. “I mean Florida is Florida, what’s not to like about them. Also I like the fact that Florida has a tradition of having good defensive linemen and putting guys into the league.”

Hand has been saying he has plans to visit Florida and now has an idea of when that will happen.

“I’m definitely going to visit,” Hand said. “It will most likely be this summer but I have to see when my coach wants to go down there. But I know that I will take a trip down to visit Florida.”

Despite never visiting Gainesville, Hand has a solid top 5 that has the Gators squarely in the mix for the top ranked prospect.

“My top 5 are Florida, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Michigan and South Carolina,” Hand said.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.