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UM visit amazing for Hand

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Last weekend Da'Shawn Hand, the nation's top player, took his first official visit to Michigan. The Wolverines are considered to be Hand's top school and it sounds like the defensive end from Woodbridge (Va.) Woodbridge Senior enjoyed every minute of the trip.
"It was amazing and crazy," said the 6-foot-4, 248-pound Hand. "It was cool to be a part of history with the largest crowd in history. They had chants saying 'We want Da'Shawn!' It was wild."
Hand said in the past that these official visits were going to help him figure out if he could go to these schools for four years and while he would not give a definitive answer on that it seemed like he really liked the atmosphere despite the Michigan staff not exactly "pitching" him.
"It was more laid back," he said. "They were just acting like normal people. They weren't even acting like they were recruiting me it was just laid back.
"It was more about seeing how I was doing, catching up with people and seeing what I remembered," Hand said. "I talked to all the coaches and it was the same old, same old."
This was a huge recruiting weekend for Michigan with visitors like Malik McDowell, Jashon Cornell, Joshua Alabi, Justin Hilliard and many others.
"Everybody was there, Wilton Speight and a lot of other people," he said. "He sat with us during the game."
Alabama and Florida round out Hand's top three and both will receive official visits. The Gators are the only team in Hand's top three that lost last weekend and many are wondering, including Michigan commits Jabrill Peppers and Juwan Bushell-Beatty, if that will knock the Gators out of Hand's top three.
"Not at all," said Hand. "Everybody has tough weeks every now and then so they just need to get through it. It doesn't change my decision at all."
Hand travelled to Ann Arbor with Tim Settle and Matthew Burrell Jr., both of whom are members of the 2015 Rivals250 Watch List.
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