The nation’s top prospect for the Class of 2014, defensive end Da’Shawn Hand, announced a new top five via his Twitter account on Tuesday night.
The movement, according to those familiar with his recruitment, is likely based on some assistant coaching moves.
Florida has replaced North Carolina on his list. Former South Carolina defensive line coach Brad Lawing, who left last month for a job at Florida, has an excellent relationship with Hand and thus the Gators have moved into the mix.
The Gamecocks hired Tar Heels defensive line coach Deke Adams to replace Lawing. Hand had built an excellent relationship with Adams while being recruited for UNC. Hand previously has stated that Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster is his favorite recruiter, but that overall, he has the best relationship with the Michigan staff.