Top JUCO TE Sets Visits

Beau Sandland out of L.A. Pierce CC is the top junior college tight end in the country. Colleges have lined up from coast to coast to try and garner his signature. The decision is not expected to come in the immediate future but the 6' 6", 250-pound Sandland has begun to set up his official visits.


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"I already took an official visit to Nebraska last month," he said. "I'm getting something lined up with Oklahoma in August. I'm still talking to their coaches about getting that date set up, and I am taking an official visit to Ole Miss in September (16th)."

Sandland also has a few unofficial visits coming up.

"I'm going to Arizona State next weekend (July 20th), and Arizona is pushing to get me over there for a one day visit while I'm on that trip. I'm going to Cal sometime this summer with my parents."

What will Sandland want to find out about each school during his visits?

"I'm looking at a lot of things in my decision making process. I want to see how they utilize their tight ends. I want to go in a passing offense that spreads the ball around. I want to go in an offense that gets the ball to the tight ends. That would make it very appealing for me. I want to feel comfortable around their campus and get a good quality education. I have to be able to click with their staff and players. All of the big time programs are going to put you on TV, have a ton of fans, big stadiums and weight rooms. What is going to set a school a part for me is their staff. That's going to make the biggest difference for me, their staff."

Beau wants to become a complete tight end with eyes on the NFL.

"The thing I'm working on the most right now is my explosiveness in run blocking. I want to become a better inline blocker. I want to get my technique down. I feel like when I do that I'll be a complete player. My biggest strength is receiving but to make it in the league you have to do both. I like to catch the ball more than anything and now you're seeing some of those in the league like the Saints and New England's tight ends, but I feel with my 6' 6", 250 pound frame I can go out there and be just as dominate in blocking as I am catching the ball. I have a lot of advantages because of my size and bring a lot of mismatches to the table."

Sandland talks about his Nebraska trip.

"I loved it. It was my first official visit so I kind of had an idea of what to expect. But it exceeded my expectations. I liked it so much that I'm bringing my mom back in August so she can see it for herself. I want her to see the town, meet the coaches, and just the whole nine yards. It's definitely a school that will remain high on my list. They'll be a part of it until the end."

What's going on with Ole Miss?

"Ole Miss has been with me from the start of my recruitment. They were like the third school to offer me in February. They've been on board the whole time. We both have a lot of interest in one another. I've built a good relationship with coaches (Hugh) Freeze and (Maurice) Harris. Coach (Chris) Kiffin came to watch Marquel Combs and spotted me. Coach Harris then came out here to watch me, and I talk to coach Freeze almost every week on the phone. They're just on me real hard."

What has stood out about the Rebels up to this point?

"Obviously, first and foremost, they play in the SEC and that's the best conference in the country. That makes it very appealing. I just think it is an exciting time to go to Ole Miss with coach Freeze there now. He had success when he was there as an assistant and brought in a ton of players who are doing well in the league. They're landing a lot of big time recruits right now and have committed two of the top quarterbacks in the country. I know there will be someone there to get the ball in my hands, and I know coach Freeze runs the type of offense to get the ball in my hands. He is going to spread the ball around and play an up tempo offense and you do not see a lot of that in the SEC. It's a real exciting offense, and they have a lot of tradition at Ole Miss. They have just been down the last couple of seasons."

Oklahoma's tradition makes them very appealing.

"A lot of the same things that make Ole Miss so appealing to me makes Oklahoma appealing to me. They have so much tradition and coach (Bobby) Stoops has had tremendous success. He will go down as one of the all time greats. Just to be able to play for a legend makes them so appealing."

What stands out the most about the Sooners?

"Being to play in the Big 12 conference. I feel like it is the best offensive conference in the country. The SEC likes to pound the ball at you and bully you around. The Big 12 likes to sling it around. I just love Oklahoma's tradition. They expect to win the national championship every year. Not a lot of programs can say that. They have also done a great job with their past tight ends under coach Stoops. He has produced a lot of All-American tight ends. I also have a very strong relationship with their tight end coach. I also have a former teammate who plays for them now, and he has experienced it firsthand. He says I would fit right in."

 

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