Woodbridge’s Da’Shawn Hand remains atop recruiting list

May 20, 2013

In new rankings released Monday, Woodbridge two-time All-Met defensive end Da’Shawn Hand (middle) still tops the Rivals.com recruit list for 2014. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Da’Shawn Hand, the two-time All-Met defensive end at Woodbridge remained No. 1 in the new Rivals.com recruit rankings for the Class of 2014, and two Washington Catholic Athletic Conference players made major jumps in the updated list released Monday.

The recruiting site has upgraded McNamara All-Met offensive lineman Damian Prince to a five-star recruit, one of four players nationally elevated to that distinction from the previous list. Prince moved to No. 10 from No. 31.

“With Prince, we knew he had the talent but it was the dedication we were looking for,” Rivals.com national analyst Mike Farrell said in a story accompanying the new rankings. “When we first saw him, he was around 330 pounds and just wasn’t an elite athlete. Now that he’s dropped the weight [to 292], and it wasn’t really bad weight but it just slowed him down a bit, his footwork and athleticism are in that elite range.”

The local player making the greatest leap was Good Counsel defensive end Jesse Aniebonam, who soared to No. 94 from No. 182.

“Over the past few months, [Aniebonam] has shown a lot of progress,” Rivals.com Mid-Atlantic analyst Adam Friedman said in the same story.” He has put on more muscle while staying quick and explosive. The versatility of the 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end makes him incredibly valuable. A player of that size with that much quickness can do so many things on the football field and is a very highly valued commodity.”

Friendship Collegiate All-Met defensive back Jalen Tabor hopped seven spots to No. 20 and Lake Braddock quarterback Caleb Henderson dropped two spots to No. 67.

Of the five local players on the top 100 list, Henderson is the only one who has committed. He will play at North Carolina.

The commonwealth of Virginia has three of the top seven prospects on the list: Bayside defensive back Quin Blanding, a Virginia commit, is No. 4, and Oscar Smith defensive tackle Andrew Brown is No. 7.

Related: Recruit Watch: Database of offers, commits

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