Coach to No. 1 recruit Da’Shawn Hand: You can meet Michael Jackson
By Zac Ellis
College coaches often make elaborate sales pitches in order to lure big-name recruits to their programs. But the nation’s No. 1 prospect in the class of 2014 recently experienced one of the boldest sales pitches in a long time.
Da’Shawn Hand, a five-star defensive end out of Woodbridge, Va., chatted with CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman over the weekend about his recruitment and official visits. Hand was in Columbus participating in the Nike Football Training Camp and also managed to take an official visit to Ohio State in the process.
Hand opened up to Feldman about his experience as the nation’s top recruit, disclosing an interesting exchange he had with one college coach.
Q: What is the craziest thing that has happened to you since you’ve been named the nation’s No. 1 recruit?
Hand: Well, I ain’t gonna say any names, but one coach told me that since I’m the No. 1 player, I’m gonna get to meet Michael Jackson. I said, “Isn’t he already dead?” The coach goes, “Well, all right, you can meet Tito.” I was like, all right. OK, I’m done.
It was crazy, but it is what it is.
The obvious question: Who is this mystery coach? We have three guesses:
• Les Miles, whose verbal eloquence is well documented.
• Nick Saban, whose focus on The Process might have prevented him from actually learning that Jackson had died.
• Lane Kiffin, whose Southern California connections might have at least gotten Hand a visit to Neverland Ranch.