Sandland gets visitors

It wasn't just the Nebraska coaching staff visiting juco tight end target Beau Sandland last week.

It was a big week for Nebraska with junior college tight end Beau Sandland. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound, Los Angeles (Calif.) Pierce College tight end got a visit from a Nebraska commitment at his game this past week. It wasn't just any commitment for Nebraska. It was their quarterback commit, Johnny Stanton from Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic.

"It was Saturday night," Sandland said. "He came out and I was really impressed, really happy that he came out. It was him, his mom and his dad that came out to my game at Pierce. That was really cool of him.

?"He's originally from Burbank, I think they were telling me, and that's just 20 minutes or so away from Pierce. He goes to school in Santa Margarita though so I don't know. I think that is quite a drive. That might be a couple of hours."

Stanton had knee surgery following an ACL tear during a game. Stanton actually tore the ligament and continued to play on it and finished the game. Sandland heard the story and knows that Stanton plays the game right and is a tough player.

"I talked to him about the knee," said Sandland. It was going to come up because of the big brace and the crutches. He said that it was going really good and that he was happy with it. He's on course for everything.

"I think that he tore it in the first quarter or the first half and played the whole game. That shows you how tough of a player he is and how he plays the game."

Pierce is having a good season. They are undefeated in their conference, along with two other teams, and just beat their conference rival this past week.

"We are 5-1 right now. We are 3-0 in conference so doing really good," said Sandland. "We just beat our rivals, L.A. Valley, on Saturday night. We're rated, but there are three teams in the conference that are undefeated in conference play. I only have one touchdown and like 17 catches."

Recruiting was on an offer a day pace for a while for Sandland. Over the past couple of weeks he trimmed his list a little bit by eliminating a conference that he is no longer considering. In about two weeks he will trim his list again and then again a month after that.

"Recruiting is going good obviously. A couple of weeks ago I eliminated all SEC schools which took out seven schools," said the four-star prospect. Now, I will release my top five on November 1st. Hopefully by December 1st I will be down to three, finished the semester and then sign with a school."

The second Nebraska visitor to come to Pierce to see Sandland was his position and recruiting coach from Nebraska. He watched a practice and Sandland said that he talks regularly with most of the Nebraska staff. He says that is one of the things he likes so much about Nebraska.

"Coach Rich Fisher was just on campus last week to see me and Nebraska is most definitely still recruiting me really hard," said Sandland. "He got to stay and watch our whole practice which was good. I talk to Coach Vince Marrow, Coach Tim Beck, Coach Bo Pelini, Coach John Garrison and Coach Fisher regularly.

"Whenever I talk to Nebraska, it's one of the things that I like about them and I don't really get from any other school, is I have the best relationship as a whole with their staff. It's not that I have bad relationships with other staffs, but I might only talk to the position coach and then the coordinator. But with Nebraska I get on the phone with one of them and I am going to talk to all of them."

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 10 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 12 years.
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