The five star recruit is the number four player in the country for his class and the number one defensive end in the nation.
The 6'4” 245 lb. junior totaled 110 tackles, 39 for a loss, 16 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, and 4 pass deflections for a Woodbridge team that finished their season 6-5.
Hand currently holds 28 offers from a wide variety of schools in all major BCS conferences, and several of the nations top teams. He was given an offer by Maryland but he says they have not continued to pursue him very hard.
Hand says he gets frequent calls from coaches, “just calling to see where there at,” he adds, “I keep telling them I'll think about it and when the day comes I'll let them know.”
Hand is still wide open and doesn't consider any schools favorites. He said, “Right now no schools are standing out yet I'm just taking it slow.”
The biggest factors Hand says will factor into his decision are the players on the team, the coaching staff, the college's overall environment and academics. He says he is deciding between majoring in Civil Engineering and Sports Management, and would like a college that has good programs for those majors.
Hand says he has a very strong work ethic, “I'm going to work hard every day in practice. I'm not going to stop until I get the starting spot, and even when I get the starting spot I'm still going to work like I never got the spot and there's someone to beat out.”
On the field, Hand describes himself as a very influential and aggressive defensive end that finds a way to make big plays. He says he looks up to New York Giants defensive ends Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre Paul and hall of famer Lawrence Taylor.
During his junior season, Hand says he improved most on run stopping and taking on double teams. He says he worked very hard over the offseason and was happy with the results, which showed on the stat sheet.