Earlier this month, LSU quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe – who has handed out six verbal scholarships to 2013 quarterbacks – called Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee southpaw Cord Sandberg to extend an offer.
"It was just a normal weekend when I was hanging out at the house, and that's when I got the word to call up to LSU because they wanted to speak with me," Sandberg said. "Coach Kragthorpe called my dad, who coaches the wide receivers at school, and he told him that they were interested and Coach (Les) Miles was looking to hear from me.
"I called Coach Kragthorpe and talked for a minute before he handed the phone over to Coach Miles. That's when he let me know that they were going to offer me a scholarship."
Sandberg, a 6-foot-3 and 211-pound rising senior, threw for 2,187 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushed for 813 yards and 10 touchdowns en route to a Class 7A state championship in Florida last fall.
Sandberg, considered one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country, said he was told that Miles and the LSU staff hoped to land a quarterback with mobility.
|Cord Sandberg is currently on LSU's short list at QB|
"When I talked to Coach Miles he was saying that playing in the SEC, the defenses are pretty quick, so he wants to have a quarterback who can throw it and, if need be, try to run and make a play with your legs," Sandberg said.
"That's a big asset for him."
Because he also plays high school baseball, Sandberg has had little opportunity to take in campus visits this spring – which means the field is relatively level as he turns towards spring evaluations.
"I went to Miami's Junior Day, but that was in January before baseball even started," Sandberg said. "I was down in Miami for something with ESPN, and some teammates and I went over to the campus and walked around.
"Other than that, I haven't seen a whole lot this offseason."
That doesn't mean he's completely foreign to the process.
"I have been in contact with Auburn for a little while," Sandberg said. "Mississippi State and Coach (Dan) Mullen offered early, so I've been talking with them. After the season, Ole Miss offered, and then LSU came through."
While Sandberg has yet to visit LSU's campus as a prospect, his family are no strangers to the area.
"I have family connections with LSU, so that's one thing that stands out," he said. "My mother's parents are big-time LSU fans, and my mom grew up in the Baton Rouge area before moving down to Florida."
Busy with baseball until summer arrives, Sandberg said he plans to continue to take a backseat approach to his process, meaning he's not ready to name leaders or begin trimming his list of options.
"I still want to know who likes me and what I want in a school," Sandberg said. "LSU just offered, so obviously things are starting to heat up. I'm just excited to have all the opportunities."