Michigan was long since thought the favorite to land the country’s top defensive end, but Alabama closed strong in the last few weeks.

Related: Read Da’Shawn Hand’s commitment story

Michigan fans took to Twitter to voice their disgust with Da’Shawn Hand’s decision and accuse Alabama of cheating. I’m all about passion and pride for a school or conference, but some fans just need to give it up. Some of these are hilarious, though.

Warning: There is some language in the reactions.

Over at the website MLive.com, Michigan fans also reacted on the commitment story. Here are some of the comments:

“Now Sabin gets to sit down with one of his 4-star recruits and explain to him why his “scholarship” will not be renewed. “Well, you see…there’s this young man named Da’Shawn Hand that just chose us….and, well – I’d like to wish you good luck in all your future endeavors.”

“Smart business decision, play in the best conference for the best team with the best coach. Or come to Michigan. It is never about academics. Never. Otherwise Northwestern Stanford and UM would be getting all the top guys. Hoke might not even be here in 13 months after UM gets demolished in Columbus.”

“Go to Alabama and win National Championships or come to Michigan and be a middle of the pact Big Ten team. I hope Hoke realizes that he desperately needs to reevaluate the development of his recruits and take that into consideration. Recruits are finally starting to take notice and good for them. Hoke is not the answer.”

“ok according to multiple recruiting sites:
RIvals-Hand-1 Peppers-2
ESPN- Hand-6 Peppers-2
Sports247- Hand-4 Peppers-3
Scouts- Hand-10 Peppers-4
Average- Hand-5.25 Peppers-2.75
So we lost Hand, but Peppers might be better.”

“Pre college ratings are so over rated. Big Deal. Find some home grown talent and coach em up–with head phones on”

“Why not go where there’s a great possibility you can win a national championship,” Hand said.
Yup. He didn’t only rule out Michigan with that statement, but the entire Big Ten.”

“Alabama’s players are dumb, but they are very strong and fast, he will fit right in :) One Alabama recruit had a 14 ACT score, about a 3rd grade reading level :)”

“Will he follow Saban to Texas??!”

Related: Oregon fans reacted similar to Michigan fans

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