Busy January ahead for Vandenburg

There has certainly been no shortage of offers for Brandon Vandenburg, and in the next month the College of Desert (Calif.) tight end will start visiting the schools on his short list. Arizona State marks one of his latest suitors but he has been impressed enough with the Sun Devils to already schedule a visit to Tempe next month.

It's no secret that Arizona State has been seeking a junior college tight end in this recruiting class. After Beau Sandland chose to sign with Miami on Wednesday, the Sun Devil staff wasted no time and that day offered the 6-6 260-pound Brandon Vandenburg.

"(ASU's right ends) Coach Chip called me and offered me a scholarship," Vandenburg said. "He told me that they (ASU) loved my film and they want me to be the guy that plays tight end for them next year. This was the first time I heard from them. I know they are a good team that plays in a good conference like the Pac-12.

"I enjoyed talking to Coach Long. He was well versed taking about the offense they run and talked about how they use tight end in their offense and how they sent tight ends to the NFL like Charles Clay who plays for the Miami Dolphins. Their tight end this year (Chris Coyle) caught 55 passes this year so I know they use that position a lot. He told me that they needed more tight ends on the team and that they plan to use a lot of two tight end formations."

Vandenburg admitted that everything he heard about ASU this far, does make the program and intriguing option.

"Obviously I want to go to an offense where I can have success," Vandenburg noted, "where they use the tight end a lot and one that has a track record of sending tight ends to the NFL. So I liked what I heard from Arizona State. I'm going to visit there on January 25th.

"I do want to visit one school that is closer to home because all the schools I'm looking into are pretty far away."

Vandenburg remarked that he is keeping an open mind with all the schools that he will check out next month.

"I'm visiting Nebraska on the 11th," Vandenburg said, "Vanderbilt on the 18th, Arizona State on the 25th and Tennessee right now it's Feb. 1st but it might end up being a mid-week visit. I'm definitely interested in all these schools and give them all a fair shot and I will make my decision sometime after my visit and by signing day."

According to Vandenburg, Miami was eliminated from his list once they signed Sandland and added that Connecticut, a school that marked his first official visit, is no longer under consideration.

The tight end attended Xavier Prep in Palm Desert before signing with San Diego. He played as a wide receiver in high school, and gained his tight end experience at his junior college.

"I decided to sign with San Diego, but when I got there, the competition level wasn't what I was expecting," Vandenburg said in a previous interview, "and I felt like I could play at a higher level. I came to Desert because it's close to home, where I grew up, so that allowed me to save some money and also it's got a good program and they get a lot of guys out into D-1 programs.

"They split me out a lot and I also play with my hand down," Vandenburg noted. "I feel pretty comfortable doing both, so I can do whatever they need me to do." In 2012 Vandenburg finished second on the Roadrunners with 24 receptions for 353 yards and three touchdowns.

"I was a good receiver in high school and in San Diego I had more of a blocking role," Vandenburg described. "The guy I played with in San Diego was an H-Back that ended up playing with the San Diego Chargers. I feel that I'm a well rounded player and that's why I got 30 offers.

"I feel that a lot of tight ends don't get it and think their position is more about catching the ball and less about blocking. I'm always will to put my hand in the ground and block, and I can also stretch a defense with my ball catching."

Vandenburg will graduate in the spring and he will have three years to play two following the 2012 season.


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