Sands Has Duke Among Favorites

Boyertown Area High School offensive tackle Tyler Sands now holds offers from twenty programs from across the nation and is ready to narrow the field a bit. Sands is still open in his recruiting and has not counted anyone out, however the need to narrow his focus down to a short list of schools was important for him at this time.

Tyler Sands is being recruiting at every position along the offensive line and has 20 scholarship offers right now. This 6-foot-4, 285-pound lineman probably hasn't received his final offer at this point, but he is ready to name the seven schools sticking out to him currently and give us all a little insight on his thought process right now.

"I just wanted to let you know that I've made some decisions and came out with a group of seven school that are the current leaders for me," Sands explained. "Currently my top schools are Nebraska, Wisconsin, Duke, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Boston College and Virginia. They are not in specific order, but they are the schools I like the most at this point in time, but that can easily change going forward."

With a naming of his top seven, where does this put the other 13 programs that have offered Sands a scholarship and how about schools who may be close to offering, but haven't pulled the trigger yet? With the twists and turns ahead that every player seems to face in recruiting, Sands let us in on who else he likes and what could change his path.

"Other schools I'm still very interested in are Vanderbilt, Connecticut, Maryland, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and North Carolina State," Sands said. "Obviously with the addition of any new offers I may receive, these lists could change so nothing is set in stone now. For example, a Penn State offer would certainly mix things up. When I talked to Coach (Mike) McQueary he basically told me that they had offered seven offensive linemen and were going to need to offer an eight, which would be me, so from what I gather there is a pretty good chance I could get an offer from them in July."

"I didn't grow up watching college football, so I'm not a Penn State fan or anything like that, but obviously everyone from the area are big fans and it's a program with great tradition and past success. It's also a school where I could get a very good education and it is close to home, so there are plenty of positives when it comes to Penn State as an option."

Speaking of the Nittany Lions, they are one of four programs that have shown heavy interest lately according to Sands, along with Tennessee, West Virginia and Rutgers. Sands did mention that he felt all four programs could be close to offering soon. With all of these schools in the mix, the Boyertown, Pa., native will have to pick and choose where and when he takes visits this summer, as well as official visits this fall if his recruiting lasts that long.

"I'm going to attempt to visit as many schools as I can," Sands stated. "I know that schools like Nebraska, Wisconsin and Illinois are going to be a bit more difficult to get out to and right now the only unofficial visits I have set up are Tennessee on June 14th and Vanderbilt on June 15th."

Sands now holds offers from North Carolina State, Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Army, Boston College, Delaware, Villanova, Illinois, Akron, Duke, Navy, Nebraska, Temple, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Maryland and Connecticut.

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