Da'Shawn Hand Spurns Michigan, Commits to Alabama

November 14, 2013 at 12:56p    by Jason Priestas    
100 Comments
Da'Shawn Hand is rolling with the Tide.

Da'Shawn Hand, considered to be the top prospect in the 2014 class, spurned heavily favored Michigan today to commit to Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Prior to his commitment, 88% of the predictions on 247 Sports "Crystal Ball" feature for Hand had the defensive end going to Michigan.

Winning = recruiting.

Meanwhile, at the Michigan outpost on SB Nation...

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

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rjsmitty's picture

Lets give M*chigan a Hand for their great recruiting...or not.

tennbuckeye19's picture

How bout this for a headline: Da'Shawn Hands Michigan Another Loss.

Earle's picture

Wolverines end up empty-Handed again.

Italics are for emphasis.

Poison nuts's picture

I keep pushing the upvote button, but it will only let me do it once!

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

teddyballgame's picture

"Wolverines still looking for a Handout"

biggy84's picture

Bama must have better donuts.

RedsBuckeyeBoy's picture

That can't possibly be true, because if it were, Hoke would be an assistant there.

hodge's picture

MGoBlog meltdown in three, two, one...

Bucki78's picture

And the Fire Hoke threads are trending again.

"But I don't have to rely on a lot of people to tell me about the traditions of Ohio State. I lived it, I breathed it, I know it and I love it." - Urban Meyer

FROMTHE18's picture

I know its recruiting, but didnt Hand make a big deal about academics early on?

hetuck's picture

Maybe he didn't want to major in General Studies. 

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Vince Lombardi

GoBucksToledo's picture

Up until today when, clearly, academics took a back seat to an NFL career.

GH_Lindsey's picture

Word over on MGo is that Hand wanted to major in engineering, but Hoke wouldn't let him at Michigan b/c it's so time intensive. Bama, on the other hand, was fine with him majoring in whatever he wanted.

kholmes's picture

There is no way this is true...do you really think a coach would tell a top recruit that he couldnt major in the subject that he wanted. Even if it was a slimy coach, they would wait until after the guy got on campus before pushing him in one direction.
If there is anything behind this, it could be that Hand concluded it would be difficult to do at Michigan because of logistics...the engineering buildings at Michigan are on the North Campus which require a bus/car ride to get to as they are nowhere near the central campus and even farther from the athletic facilities. 

YNBA's picture

To be fair, an engineering degree from Alabama is the equivalent of obtaining an Elevator Repair Certificate from Terra Technical College.

"Putting the 'turd' in Saturday since whenever..."
YNBA
MotSaG

GoBucksToledo's picture

You must be a Toledoan as well YNBA!

buckeyesean's picture

But I thought Hand and Treadwell were locks to Michigan?  I am so confused...

droessl's picture

Gotta Hand it to Alabama: Top DE chooses Tide. 

FitzBuck's picture

Hands free: Hoke fails to answer important call.

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

FitzBuck's picture

Backhanded: top recruit drops UM

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

FitzBuck's picture

Talk to the Hand: top Player fails to connect with UM

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

FitzBuck's picture

Hand Job'd: Recruit gives UM the Rub
(this is now my favorite). 
 

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

FitzBuck's picture

Hands free: Did Bama pay #1 recruit?

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

CowCat's picture

Hoke to Saban "Gotta hand it to you, coach".

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

CowCat's picture

Michigan recruiting:  It's outta hand!

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

CowCat's picture

Saban to Hoke:  "Thanks for giving me a hand, buddy".

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

CowCat's picture

Are TTUN fans getting offhanded by these puns?

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

CowCat's picture

Alabama beats Michigan with only one hand.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

CowCat's picture

On the one hand, Michigan lost again ...

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

CowCat's picture

Hand in hand:  Bama winning, Michigan losing.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

CowCat's picture

Lacking the right hand tools, Michigan cannot complete the job.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

biggy84's picture

Spicoli didn't know he played football.
 

BuckAlum35's picture

He wasn't a RichRod recruit so he probably wouldn't have started for scUM anyway.

nrbuckguy's picture

Man, I'm disappointed.  I strolled over to MgoBlog and everyone was just real sad.  They basically just expected it after how their team has looked recently.  I didn't even enjoy their misery, I actually felt kind of sorry for them, what is wrong with me?

In Urban We Trust

BuckeyeVet's picture

Buck up, man! What the hell is the matter with you? Do you think Woody ever felt "kind of sorry" for them? Get a grip or we're revoking BOTH your 11W premium membership and your mancard. (You are a man, right? If not....oops, sorry).
  

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx

 

nrbuckguy's picture

Lol ya I am.  I just had such high expectations for the schadenfreude after hearing some of the things said by their fans after their losses so far this year. I have officially learned my lesson about putting any faith in Michigan to do anything good. Oh man my 11W premium membership access code must have got lost in the mail because I haven't received it yet. Please don't take it away before I get to witness the glory of 11W premium membership!

In Urban We Trust

BuckeyeVet's picture

Alright. Premium membership card's still in the mail. But you're on parole until after the UM game this year.
Btw, I do believe I'll get a ticket to go to the game in AA just so I can hear O-H-I-O roll around the stadium in a sea of scarlet. THAT will be schadenfreude.

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx

 

WOLFofOHIO's picture

and it begins..lets see how hoke cleans up this mess...

there is no greater joy than watching Michigan get slammed. in anything

216ToThe614's picture

After watching the past couple weeks of football play out on TV, Hand rushed to Alabama, which is more rushing than scUM does nowadays

Pick up your feet, turn your corners square! And DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE!!!
WB

SonOfBuckeye's picture

Alabama is a much bigger threat than UM to OSU's long term ambitions. It may be funny to watch another mgomeltdown, but I wish he'd picked Michigan.  Saban will fully exploit Hand's potential.
 

Posterchild's picture

It's all about the Benjamins, baby...
 
But in all seriousness, I thought Bama would pull this out. Win and losses don't always make or break the deal for a recruit, but the way a program is trending certainly does, and scUM isn't shooting for the heavens right about now.

tennbuckeye19's picture

(PAY)Roll Tide?

 
 

Oakland Buckeye's picture

MMan & Hail - moments ago.....

741's picture

It's gotta be the sweet "rivalry" uniforms they have down there. Wait...

chitown buckeye's picture

^^Top comment of the day nominee

"I'm having a heart attack!"

ChazBuckeye's picture

LOVE IT!  Here come the excuses in 3...2....1

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

Hello_Heisman's picture

No excuses.  Alabam is the better program right now.  If I was Hand, I would have made the same choice.  But thanks for making blanket assumptions about the responses of an entire fan base.

60% of the time it works.....every time

Oyster's picture

^Sounds like somebody needs a hug^

May you R.I.P. Otsego, but know this. Gaylord Rocks!

Hello_Heisman's picture

I needed a hug after the MSU and Nebraska games.  WHERE WERE YOU WHEN I NEEDED YOU, OYSTER?????

60% of the time it works.....every time

tennbuckeye19's picture

Did somebody say blanket?

tennbuckeye19's picture

The second half of that video is pretty squatchy. 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

The guy behind him in the Delaware shirt is way too excited. XD

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

cinserious's picture

That was Hand's little brother who thought big bro was going to a looser.

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

DeuceOSU78's picture

I wish I had the expertise to do something like that.  Thumbs up!

DeuceOSU78

denner's picture

I wish I had that expertise too!  I just took it from The Victors Board.   :)

ChazBuckeye's picture

I love the second part...LOVE IT!  Not esthetically of course;-)

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

mc22's picture

The $EC pays better no doubt

DeuceOSU78's picture

As TennBuckeye said: (pay)Roll Tide!

DeuceOSU78

razrback16's picture

Absolutely. I would have gone to 'Bama too, if I was Hand.
* Chance to play for titles, both conference, and national
* Better coaching staff
* More nationally televised games / higher profile showcase opportunities
* All of the above while also being a salaried employee
The only thing Michigan has to offer over all of those things is more donuts and a better education.
 

hit_the_couch's picture

That education would definitely pay off with all the NFL busts that Saban is producing.
ANDRE SMITH- BUST
GLEN COFFEE- BUST
ANTOINE CALDWELL- BUST
JAMARCUS RUSSELL- BUST
CHARLES ROGERS- BUST
DIMITRIUS UNDERWOOD- BUST
DAN WILLIAMS- BUST
TJ DUCKETT- BUST
MICHAEL CLAYTON- BUST
MARCUS SPEARS- BUST
CRAIG DAVIS- BUST
GLENN DORSEY- BUST
TYSON JACKSON- BUST
RASHAD JOHNSON- BUST
ROLANDO MCCLAIN- BUST
MARK INGRAM- BUST
KAREEM JACKSON- FUNNY BUT A BUST
TERRENCE CODY- BUST
MIKE JOHNSON- BUST
BRANDON DEADERICK- BUST
TRENT RICHARDSON - BUST
I apologize if anyone was left off of this list; I found it online.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

bucknut8's picture

idc what people say but Da'Shawn Hand picking Bama over Michigan hurts the Big Ten & really sucks. I was hoping he would pick Michigan. I know that means Michigan having a stud, but it makes Michigan better, which from my point of view they need some help up there. The Big Ten needs to land top prospects to be a good conference. schools in the big ten landing top prospects is good for OSU, because when OSU beats a good big ten team, we get more credit, which helps when it comes to the National Title race.
The Big Ten needs better recruiting to have better teams to be a better conference. This helps the area, the schools, the big ten perception, and OSU in so many ways. OSU blowing out every big ten team that isnt very solid/good is only an excuse ESPN & other ppl use for why OSU dont deserve to be in the NC game.
It also helps keep that great talent away from teams like Bama who dont need it & big guys going to those schools down south dosnt help OSU in any way possible.
Landing top prospects = better teams = Better conference = OSU more credibility for Big 10 wins
I really wish Michigan would have landed this one........... 

#Buckeyes

ChazBuckeye's picture

I see your point, but Hand wouldn't have made TTUN (as an entire team) any better and he realized that.  It's going to take A WHOLE lot more than D-Hand to make the rest of tB1G better (and TTUN too, they're in trouble overall).  That I promise you.  

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

bucknut8's picture

yes I have realized that. but thats where it all starts. getting great guys to be your building blocks & then you build on that.
Even though ppl say 1 guy wont make a difference, it actually can.
yes I hate Michigan, but Ill be honest, I root for Michigan every game of the season except for MSU & OSU. just because when we beat that ass, the ass whooping is that much better knowing they had a very good year.
but back to my point, they have had some great recruiting classes these past couple seasons. the current player & starters wernt in great recruiting classes I believe. so in 2 years when these classes are actually playing, they could be very good #2 team in the Big 10. they got a very solid 2014 class with Harris @ WR, Peppers @ DB, Mone @ DT with the odds of landing McDowell @ DL & if you add Hand @ DL. they got a pretty good class. There Linebackers in this class are very underrated & good. Ferns & Winovich, OSU wanted both, Michigan got them. That says something. & They got Furbush, who would of been a Buckeye if they offered. Which from all I heard on here, Furbish was a beast, just OSU had better LB's right now like Booker, & Berger w/ high hopes on McMillan. or they would of offered Furbush.

#Buckeyes

GoBucksToledo's picture

I agree with you in principle that better/more skilled athletes improve a team's chances of success.  Will wait to see how Peppers, et al impact TTUN's performance but, if Derrick Green is any indication, you can get highly rated players but you also have to be able to develop them/have them perform once they get on the field.  Time will tell.

Red Shirt Ensign's picture

Hoke does have enough talent, they just don't develop the talent to the next level... look know further than your favorite Columbus Based Football Team to find development!  Braxton would have been another Pryor... no development, we got the best pieces in place and Miller is moving up the ladder!

"Statistics always remind me of a fellow who drowned in a river where the average depth was only three feet." - Coach Woody Hayes

 

rjsmitty's picture

M*chigan will have no impact on when or if tOSU plays for a National Championship after this season as we go to the playoff format next season. So...MU losing Hand only means a bigger a$$ stomping when we play them!

bucknut8's picture

yes about the Michigan ass stomping. but also going to make it even harder to beat Bama if we have to play them. Rather have Hand helping out Michigan than Bama.

#Buckeyes

SPreston2001's picture

So you would rather increase the chances of Michigan beating us over Bama's?? Sorry I dont see your logic...

teddyballgame's picture

Our chances to beat Michigan were already pretty high...Bama on the other hand (no pun intended)...

Red Shirt Ensign's picture

Agreed, we only need to be in the 4th spot to get to the NCG, and in a couple more years that will be the round of 8.  SEC can dominant the AP all teh y want as long as OSU is in the top 8 we are good.  this format change is a god send for the B1G

"Statistics always remind me of a fellow who drowned in a river where the average depth was only three feet." - Coach Woody Hayes

 

Oakland Buckeye's picture

Nuts - they have had 2 top 5 ranked classes in a row... Hand going there wouldnt matter, until they have a staff that can recruit AND coach, they will not return to a worth adversary...

SPreston2001's picture

Its only one recruit! Michigan gets top recruits every year. Its not like they struggle to get talent. Calm down one kid isnt going to make a difference. I myself dont find any pleasure in seeing michigan do good lol. Besides with the playoff format coming next year we wont need the rest of the B1G! Just take care of business and we will make our own path!

bucknut8's picture

the main point is.......... Do you want another top recruit going to Bama?
I sure as hell dont want to see another top recruit going to Bama. Im tired of seeing all the top players going to that damn school. Your nuts if you want more top prospects going to Bama.

#Buckeyes

SPreston2001's picture

It doesnt matter to me. Big time schools are gonna get big time recruits. Besides alot of those 5 star athletes dont always pan out. Bama is gonna get recruits, that comes with the territory of winning NC's.

NYBUCKEYE's picture

He's anti Adidas and I dont blame him... Nike wins championships! Unless your Oregon... 
 

741's picture

Did he actually reference Nike vs. Adidas? (I hope so.)

Oyster's picture

Not only does hoke need to do a better job coaching, as he is so fond of saying in his press conferences, it would seem he needs to do a better job sealing the deal too.

May you R.I.P. Otsego, but know this. Gaylord Rocks!

ATXbucknut's picture

This is not good for Ohio State.

SPreston2001's picture

What?? And how is that????

pcuzz1's picture

Anyone have the link to mgoblow board?? I need to see this!??

pat cozzens

Grayskullsession's picture

Ask and you shall receive:
http://mgoblog.com/content/hand-alabama?page=1
 

"if irony were made of strawberries, we' d all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now."

CowCat's picture

Gotta give props to one of the posters there:

"I haven't been this excited about a hand since I was 15".

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

cinserious's picture

Chalk up another win for the SEC and another loss for the B1G. Not good guys. Hillarious, but not good. Now I'm rooting for a two-fer and Jabrill Peppers flips somewhere else (within the B1G).

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

SPreston2001's picture

Ha this is music to my ears!! Im not sure about the rest of you, but every time scUM losses it brings me joy!! To hell with scUM!! I rather see Hand go anywhere other than scUM!!

jedkat's picture

I know two people who are excited....

“The teams that don’t respect their coaches and don’t trust their coaches are the teams that go .500"
~Zach Boren

northcampus's picture

I can hear Gary already during the first 2014 Bama game that CBS covers with "That's an NFL defensive end right there folks!"

jkrk's picture

"NICK TOLD TRACY THAT SHE SHOULD TALK TO THE HAND. DID YOU HEAR THAT AT HALFTIME? AT HALFTIME NICK SAID TO TRACY, 'HEY TRACY, TALK TO THE HAND.'"

Chilimac419's picture

To bad for the b10. On another note,  James Cameron is in Ann Arbor today.... He's filming a documentary ... " the making of the titanic".  Staring hoke as Leonardo dicAprio , mattison as Kate winslet  and Borges as billy Zane ... He will use the scum program as the titanic .... I'll wait for netflix     Go bucks 
ttun= kardasians 

GoBucksToledo's picture

So, did Hoke call Da'Shawn Alex?

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

I'm here in Toledo and I can hear the sounds of heads exploding from up north...and some here in my city. LOL!

Grayskullsession's picture

Wolverine tears are flowing like a river this week, and its delicious.

"if irony were made of strawberries, we' d all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now."

Hovenaut's picture

I keep laughing at the football program up there....and it never, ever gets old.

I am not the Last Dragon, therefore I do not possess the power of the Glow.

northcampus's picture

In the words of The Milk Carton Kids, "Michigan's in the rear view mirror, now"

otrain2416's picture

And the greatest freakout ever begins for scUM

jkrk's picture

I guess TTUN will be missing out on at least 3 years of this.