This past year in the NFL there was another emergence of tight ends that have height and athleticism. When you see Sandland on paper that definitely pops out at you.
"I think that my combination of size and speed is something that you don't usually see. I am weighing about 250-right now and I am 6-foot-6. I can run a solid 4.6-flat. I think that against a defensive back my size is just too much for them and against linebackers my speed is too much for them.
"I feel like I also time my jumps well when I have to go up and get a ball. I have a big wing span that also helps me go up and get the football. I think that I am a receiving tight end. I prefer being flexed out, but I am willing to get into the more traditional three-point stance on the line of scrimmage.
"In high school we ran a spread and I was a receiver. I was always lined up wide and never in next to the tackle. I never lined up in the three-point stance until last year. It's a little new to me and I definitely need to work on my blocking. That is probably the biggest thing for me to work on."
There are some very important things that Sandland is looking for in a DI school. He is looking for players at the quarterback position, a good fit with the coaches, the offense and a place that will get him ready for the next level.
"Definitely the most important things that I will look for is a school that is solid at the quarterback position. They have two or three guys that can get it done. I want to go to a school that incorporates the tight end as part of their offense and throws the ball around a lot. I am looking for a good, smart offensive coordinator and an energetic head coach.
"I am also looking for that right fit for me. A place where I feel I get along well with the coaching staff and also a place that is just going to feel right for me. Lastly, I want to go to a school that will give me the best chance to go onto the NFL."
Sandland says that out of high school he was short some of the core classes it would have taken for him to pass the clearinghouse and was relegated to taking the junior college route. He will be ready to transfer this December though with the ability to still redshirt at a four-year school.
"Out of high school I was a non-qualifier. I didn't pass the clearinghouse. I didn't have two classes. I needed chemistry and another English class. We also weren't a great high school team. In four years and 40 games we only won seven of them so not a lot of players were highly recruited from my school.
"By the time I found out that I had to make up these two classes to pass the clearinghouse it was already my senior year. It was late for me to make that change. I realized then I was going to have to go the JUCO route. I will be a three for two and I am graduating in December."
The Nebraska staff reached out to Sandland just about two weeks ago as a staff. The assistant coaches took the film to the head coach and got the offer approved. The Nebraska staff has left an impression on Sandland already through their conversations and the Huskers will likely get an official visit this fall.
"Nebraska is the latest offer for me. I was in contact with them a week and a half or two weeks ago. I spoke to a lot of their coaches that day like their tight ends coach, their junior college recruiting coach and their receivers coach. I felt really comfortable talking with them and hit it off right away.
"The offer wasn't made official until the 7th or so. They couldn't offer me officially until Coach Bo Pelini approved it. I guess as soon as he saw my film they offered me. I called them and they let me know the offer was official. I spoke to Coach Bo Pelini and the tight ends coach for the better part of 45 minutes.
"I will definitely take an official visit out there unless I can get out there unofficially this summer. I don't have anything set up for this summer. I think that I am going to have to make my official visits after the season unless I take one on my bye week. Nebraska will likely be one of my officials."