Start the Washington Post's 'First and 17' documentary series: http://wapo.st/149p9gJ
To follow the 'First and 17: The Movie,' the documentary film based on the series (and learn how to see it): http://www.facebook.com/firstand17
About the seires: Da’Shawn Hand is considered the nation’s #1 football recruit and he looks the part. He’s a monstrous 6’4, 260 lb. 17-year-old defensive end from Woodbridge, Va. Hand was born to teenage parents—his father is a bricklayer and he now lives hundreds of miles from his mother, who's in Philadelphia. He's on the verge of stardom, yet he shares a bedroom with two younger brothers. For his senior year, Hand will be under a first-time head coach—himself a former college football standout at Auburn—who stresses academics and integrity above all else. His inner-circle value his education, but they will also gain much from his success on the field. There is much riding on his fortune or failure.
The Washington Post has been granted exclusive access to follow Da'Shawn for a weekly series documenting his balance of football, school, family life and the strain of making a monumental decision: where to play football in college. From dozens of scholarship offers, Hand is narrowed his choice to three: Alabama, Florida, and Michigan. "First and 17" is that journey.