Sandland impressed by ASU visit

This past weekend marked the second time Beau Sandland visited Tempe. Some of the sights naturally still looked familiar even after a few years, but the aspects of the program that were different this time around are the ones that have this Woodland Hills (Calif.) Pierce College four-star tight end holding the Sun Devils in high regard.

"The city and the facilities looked the same," Sandland said, "and obviously some of them are renovated now. When I was there last time I was there the Erickson staff was there and I wasn't really getting recruited by them. I was just up there for their camp because my buddy was doing it, and I thought it was going to be fun.

"Now with a new staff and the success that Coach Graham has had at other schools, there is a lot of excitement and energy in the air. I love it over there at Arizona State and Tempe. What's there not to like?"

Sandland has developed strong relationships with ASU Offensive Coordinator Mike Norvell and Tight Ends Coach Chip Long, and spending time with them for the last couple of days was probably the most enjoyable part of the Pierce standout's visit.

"I was at their camp today and I was able to see their coaching style," Sandland commented. "So that was good to see that. I got to sit down with both of them and watch game film and see how they're able to utilize the tight end in their offense. That's something that will obviously be huge in the decision making process.

"I was happy to see how they developed guys when Coach Norvell was at Pitt and Tulsa and Coach Long was at Arkansas. Coach Norvell coached a tight end that now plays for the Miami Dolphins (Charles Clay) and Coach Long coached D.J. Williams who also plays in the NFL (Green Bay Packers), so that's not too shabby of a resume.

"The way they use the tight end really reminded me of the New England Patriots, and that was obviously very cool to see. So I have a great relationship with the coaching staff, ASU is close to home, and playing in the Pac-12 is nice too. But what I liked the best is how they are going to use me in the offense that makes me really high on them. I feel like I can be one of the centerpieces of this offense. With their depth chart I know I will have lots of opportunities to play right away and make an impact and that is what the coaches expect from me."

This visit also allowed Sandland to sit down and talk at length with Head Coach Todd Graham, a conversation the tight end said had many facets to it.

"We talked about football but in large we talked about a lot of things outside of football," Sandland recalled. "We kind of got to know each other on a personal level, trying to build a relationship. We were talking about each other's backgrounds and about a lot of the stuff going on at Arizona State. I really feel like it's a new era down there and that expectations are high.

"I really enjoyed talking to him and I look forward to continue and build that relationship."

The 6-6 250-pound Beau Sandland, is scheduled to graduate in December and is a three for two player in terms of eligibility. He posted 20 receptions for 265 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman in 2011. Sandland probably has one the most impressive offer sheets among junior college players in the Western region, let alone among tight ends. Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Utah, California, and Arizona being some of the schools who have offered the Pierce College standout.

"I've always enjoyed the recruiting process and it has calmed down a lot in the last few months," Sandland remarked. "Since the end of February through spring ball the offers were really rolling in but right now I'm not really expecting any new offers to come in. So it was hectic and that is a good problem to have. You're not going to hear me complaining about coaches calling you from all across the nation."

Thus far, Sandland did take an unofficial visit to Nebraska and will visit Oklahoma in late August. The tight end does have an official visit scheduled for Ole Miss on Sep. 19th while Arizona State (possibly for the Oregon game on Oct. 18th) Oklahoma scheduled to be other official visit destinations in the fall.

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