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Woodbridge’s Da’Shawn Hand ranked fourth in ESPN150

Woodbridge junior defensive end Da’Shawn Hand is ranked No. 4 overall in the new ESPN150 class of 2014 rankings. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

The first ESPN150 rankings were released Thursday for the Class of 2014 and to no one’s surprise, Da’Shawn Hand‘s name was near the top of the list.

The Woodbridge junior defensive lineman ranked fourth overall and tops among defensive ends as one of 11 five-star recruits. Hand, a repeat All-Met who recorded 78 unassisted tackles, 28 for loss and 16 sacks, ranks first in the Rivals 100. The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder has narrowed his laundry list of offers to Alabama, Florida, Michigan, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.

Joining Hand on ESPN’s list are four other area players, including Friendship Collegiate DB Jalen Tabor (No. 19), McNamara offensive lineman Damian Prince (No. 33), Good Counsel defensive lineman Jesse Aniebonam (No. 91) and Lake Braddock quarterback Caleb Henderson (No. 134).

Tabor earned first team All-Met honors this past fall after he allowed zero completions. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Under Armour all-American holds 30 offers but recently said Florida has a slight lead above the rest.

Fourteen spots after Tabor is Prince, a hefty offensive lineman and first team All-Met. The 6-foot-7, 300-pound holds more than 35 offers from the likes of Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Maryland, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Virginia Tech.

At No. 91 is Good Counsel’s Jesse Aniebonam, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound defensive lineman. The junior, who helped lead Good Counsel to a fourth straight WCAC crown and The Post’s top ranking, has a skew of offers from the likes of Alabama, Clemson and Florida State.

Finally, there’s Henderson, who orally committed to North Carolina last week. The dual-threat quarterback threw for 2,435 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushed for 453 yards and nine more scores in his first season at Lake Braddock.

ESPN also ranked the top players by state, with Hand second on the Virginia list, Tabor leading the D.C. recruits and Prince coming in at No. 1 in Maryland.

Recruit Watch: Offers, commitments and signings

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Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.



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