Tight end Beau Sandland is one of the more highly recruited junior college prospects in the country. The 6-foot-6, 250-pounder from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Pierce Community College holds offers from more than a dozen schools and that list is expected to grow.
Arizona is right in the mix with Sandland, as secondary coach Tony Gibson has communicated with him in the past and the two have built a good relationship so far.
"I've talked to him on the phone a couple of times and been in contact over facebook," Sandland said. "He was actually on campus a couple of weeks ago. From the little I have talked to him, he seems like a pretty cool guy."
UA is going to find it tough to land Sandland as there are some strong programs vying for his commitment.
"The schools recruiting me the hardest would be Nebraska, Ole Miss and Texas Tech," Sandland said.
While Sandland has plenty of offers to choose from, he has yet to pick any favorites.
"No, it's too early for that," Sandland said. "It's still open."
Sandland hasn't set up any visits just yet. He plans on taking at least one official over the summer and several unofficial visits. The tight end could make Tucson one of his destinations as UA is one of the programs closest to his hometown that has offered.
"I'll probably take an official in the summer," Sandland said. "Then I'll probably take two in season and then two after. I'll probably take a couple of unofficals in the summer and with Tucson being relatively close it's kind of convenient. It's definitely something I would look into."
With many offers to ponder, Sandland has the luxury of being picky with his decision. He wants to go somewhere that gives him an opportunity to play right off the bat, but he is also looking at many other factors.
"Definitely playing time," Sandland said. "I figure schools don't offer junior college guys unless they want them to come in right away and make an immediate impact at that position. Obviously a lot of factors go into the decision making process. I want to go somewhere with a solid quarterback position. I want to go somewhere comfortable with the people, the town and the staff.
"Somewhere that's going to be competitive. I want to go to a winning program in a strong conference and the position coach is going to be a factor as well. Also probably most importantly is how they utilize their tight end in their offense. I want to be the complete tight end. I want to be able to catch balls and score touchdowns."
Sandland gets the impression that more schools are close to offering, but there isn't a specific program that he is holding out for.
"I'm not really waiting on anybody," Sandland said. "Some schools that have shown interest but haven't offered yet are Rutgers, Washington, Michigan State, USC and Alabama."
Playing JUCO ball in the heart of Pac-12 country could seemingly give certain programs an advantage in his recruitment, but Sandland is open to playing in any region of the country.
"I don't mind where it is," Sandland said. "The best fit for me is the best fit for me. Whether that's 10 minutes down the road or across the country, geography is not going to play a role in this decision."
Signing day for junior college prospects isn't until December and Sandland isn't opposed to taking his recruitment all the way up to that point.
"From day one I have always planned on taking it until Signing Day," Sandland said. "That could change, but for now that's how I want to do it."
Wildcats in mix for tight end
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