March 7, 2012

Tight end likes Tech

A new Texas Tech offer went out to Woodland Hills (Calif.) Pierce Community College tight end Beau Sandland Wednesday.

The offer marked the fifth for Sandland and it's an offer the 6-foot-6, 250-pound tight end had been expecting for a while. Furthermore, it's one he's very excited about for a variety of reasons.

"I've actually been waiting on Texas Tech for a while just because they run a spread offense and they throw it around and I really like that," Sandland said. "I'd heard from my coaches they were interested me for a while. They offered a couple of players from Pierce College last year (Austin Stewart and Kasseim Everett) and they have one of them right now, Austin Stewart who's a safety.

"Today was the first day I've talked to any of the coaches personally. Coach Robert Prunty called me and will be recruiting me the most from Tech."

Sandland, who had received the offer only about an hour before we got him on the phone, has not talked to Stewart yet but said he will be talking to the now-Red Raider safety a lot between now and flying in for Tech's spring game March 24. In addition to Stewart, Pierce College fullback Mike Pearson who plans to transfer to Tech at the end of this semester.

Prior to his freshman season at Pierce, Sandland was a standout at Simi Valley High School in Simi Valley, Calif. He didn't have the classes necessary to play NCAA football so he didn't sign a National Letter of Intent and was instead recruited by five junior colleges.

"After I found that out, I weighed my options and looked at some junior colleges in the area where I live," Sandland said. "I decided to go to Pierce College because it was the right fit for me. The resume and who've they've sent to the next level, you can't argue with the facts.

"In high school we ran a spread offense and I was always in the slot or on the outside by myself going up against a corner. This last year at Pierce was my first year to play more of a traditional tight end. More of the starting in a three-point stance all the time and doing some blocking."

With a little more experience playing as a blocking tight end as well as an end that can catch, Sandland feels like he's going to be ready for the Division I level as a versatile player.

"That's one of the things that excites me most about Texas Tech," Sandland said. "Their offense and how they run their spread and how they sling the ball around a lot -- I obviously want to be the complete package in a tight end being able to run, block, catch and everything, but I'd have to say I'm more of a pass receiving tight end. That's what I'm best at and that's what I enjoy doing.

"I feel like I match up good. I feel like I'm too fast for linebackers and too big for DBs so I feel like I match up really well."

Sandland also has offers from Arizona, Ole Miss, Utah and Indiana.

In addition to the planned visit to Tech, Sandland took an unofficial visit to San Diego State last week and will visit USC Saturday.

"It's still really early and I don't have to commit anywhere until December," Sandland said. "I'm going to take my time and weigh my options. I'm going to consider any offers that come my way, but I can't really say that there's one school that's a frontrunner right now. I'm just going to wait until closer to signing day and narrow down my schools and just go from there.

"But I'm very excited about Texas Tech and I will obviously consider them pretty heavily."

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