Da’Shawn Hand, the nation’s No. 1 recruit, might be headed to USC. Well, sorta but not really. The 6-foot-4, 248 pound defensive end out of Woodbridge, VA. announced his top three schools today to Mike Farrell of Rivals, and though USC isn’t one of the lucky three programs, Farrell did mention that the Trojans could get a visit out of Hand.
— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) June 12, 2013
Hand’s top three is surprising, as he was long considered to be favoring Virginia Tech. But with the Hokies out of the mix and Hand’s proximity to Blacksburg, USC likely benefits from him having an extra official visit to burn. At least tentatively.
We saw the same thing last year with Robert Nkemdiche, who many have used to compare to Hand. Last July, Nkemdiche came out to say that both USC and Oregon could warrant an official visit in the fall, though it ultimately never came to fruition.
Recruits have five official visits that they’re allowed to exhaust, which many players take advantage of for the sake of traveling across the country and touring schools they never would have had the chance to otherwise. For Hand, USC very much fits that bill. And for the Trojans, Hand giving USC a visit would be playing with house money, even if it’s a hand to fold.