April 24, 2012

JUCO TE gets offer

Two years ago, Pierce Community College (Woodland Hills, Calif.) tight end Beau Sandland had had little chance of knowing that he would have double-digit offers at this point.

When Sandland came out of Simi Valley High School (Simi Valley, Calif.) in 2010, the odds were slim that he would have a chance of playing college ball, but a chance to play at the JUCO level has changed all of that.

"I was a non-qualifier coming out of high school, so I couldn't go anywhere anyway," said Sandland, but I didn't have much interest either. I went to a small school and started all four years and played 40 games. In those games we only won seven and our head coach didn't do much to get us noticed, so it was a bad situation really. Now after one year here, I have 10 offers and I think more are coming."

Sandland's most recent offer came from the University of Georgia earlier today, and it was an offer that was extended after only two days of contact with the west coast prospect.

"I started having contact with UGA a couple of days ago through facebook," he said. "My coach told me that they wanted me. Then Coach (John) Lilly, the tight ends coach, called me today and we talked for the better part of 30 minutes. We talked about the tradition at Georgia and that they liked my film. Then he extended an offer to me."

The call from Georgia's tight ends coach ended with an offer, but it was also very informative as Sandland learned about the Bulldogs reputation of putting tight ends in the NFL.

"We talked a lot about how Georgia uses their tight ends and how many are in the NFL," said Sandland. "Coach Lilly brought up Leonard Pope and Ben Watson. He told me about a few more guys too, and then told me about the tight end this year, Orson Charles, and how he will be getting drafted. So I definitely like that."

Now that Sandland has an offer from the Bulldogs, he expects the lines of communication to be wide open between him and the Georgia program.

"I look forward to forming a relationship with the coaches there," he said. "Coach Lilly seems like a really good guy, and he told me that another of their coaches will be coming out to see me in spring practice so I will talk to them then."

When looking at the star JUCO's offer list, there are schools from all over the country that have offered, but as a lifelong native of the state of California, Sandland is adamant about the fact that distance will not play a factor in his recruitment.

"Distance won't affect my recruitment at all," said Sandland. "I'm not going to let a place's position on a map affect where I go to school or where I can play football. I'll play anywhere as long as it is the right fit for me. I won't let distance be a factor though."

In 2011, Sandland finished his first season as a college player with 20 catches for 265 yards and two touchdowns, and received his first offer from Utah just a couple of months later.

The Golden State native says that Ole Miss is definitely recruiting him the hardest at this time, but he is in no rush to take visits or make a decision.

"I'll probably take an official visit before the season," said Sandland. "Then I'll take two more during the season and two more after the season or something like that. I'm not going to rush into my official visits or anything."

Sandland is on pace to graduate in December from Pierce, and will have three years to play two once he arrives on the campus of his choice.

When it comes time to make that final decision, his future coaches will play a huge role in where he decides to continue his football career.

"Really its about finding coaches that I get a long with and that are experienced," said Sandland. "My position coach will play a huge role, and I want to play in an offense that uses the tight end. I want to go somewhere that has an innovative offensive coordinator and is fired up about throwing the ball. I want to be somewhere with a good, solid head coach with experience."

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