The phone hasn’t stopped ringing for Beau Sandland. The Pierce College tight end decides Wednesday between Arizona State, Miami and Nebraska, and coaches from the respective schools are all giving their last second pitches.
The finalists for Beau Sandland are Arizona State, Miami and Nebraska.
Sandland has been very deliberate throughout the process said he has an idea of which team he intends to announce as his new home. The tight end has weighed out his thoughts on each program.
Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini along with offensive coordinator Tim Beck have been the primary recruiters for Sandland these past few days. The tight end would have normally talked with Vince Marrow, but the former Husker graduate assistant recently left for a full-time assistant position with Kentucky. That move could have hurt Nebraska’s chances.
“I think they felt pretty confident in their standing with me up until coach Marrow left and they know that’s a pretty big deal to me,” he said. “They understand but they keep reiterating that they don’t know yet who they are going to bring in but they do know that they’re going to bring in someone really good. They’re not just going to bring in anybody off the street.”
Miami continues to pitch the team’s tradition at the tight end experience while cautioning his concerns on any impending penalties from the NCAA.
“They’re pitching their tradition and the success they’ve had with tight ends as well as the young team they have coming back,” he said. “The worst of the storm is behind them with everything that has happened I guess, even though the NCAA hasn’t ruled. With Miami self-imposing they feel that should be more than enough. Nobody knows until they find out.”
Arizona State is playing up the proximity of the program as well as the opportunity to play in California with regularity.
“They’re close to home and are playing in the Pac-12,” he said. “They use their tight end in their relationship. I’ve built a relationship with them on how they’ve recruited me.”
Sandland dispelled any rumors that Arizona State had a leg up because a few of his Pierce College teammates are committed there. He said that hasn’t and wouldn’t influence his decision in the slightest.
Family has influenced Sandland throughout this process. The tight end said he’s relied on his mother, grandfather and brother to help him work through where he should spend the next two seasons.
“There’s definitely been an open line of communication and we definitely discuss it a lot, especially the last couple of weeks,” Sandland said. “I think they are really good judge of characters. It’s always good to get perspective from someone else.”
The tight end will make phone calls to all three programs before announcing his decision at 10:30 a.m.