Connecticut Offers Sands

Connecticut has extended offers to two Pennsylvania products over the past 24 hours in an attempt to fortify their line for years to come in R.J. Dill and Tyler Sands. Sands is a player who is already being recruited on a national level and would be a big get for the Husky coaching staff.

Nebraska, Illinois, Akron, Duke, Temple, Vanderbilt and Navy are the seven schools that beat Connecticut to the punch by offering Boyertown, Pa., product Tyler Sands a scholarship, however that won't hurt the Huskies in his recruitment at all. While this 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive tackle may not know much about Connecticut at this point, his interest has already been peaked enough to warrant a visit this summer.

"Coach (Hank) Hughes actually just showed up unexpectedly and started talking to my coach while I was lifting," Sands said. "He talked to me for a while about what Connecticut had to offer as a football program and in the classroom, what they liked about me as a player and how impressed he was with how hard I got after in during the one on ones at the Elite Combine. He said he liked my technique a lot and said I played like an animal on film."

"That was one thing that I did like right off the bat about Coach Hughes because he told me he doesn't like to offer just based on film," Sands added. "He told me he likes to come and see people in person before offering and it just makes it feel that much more special to pick up the offer. He seemed like a great guy and everything he told me about Connecticut really piqued my interest. He said the school had just put a ton of money into the football facilities and that while they were just a Division I-AA program six years ago the dedication made to the football program has been huge. We also talked about the academic side of things at Connecticut which was huge for me because my decision will weigh that side of schools heavily."

Sands has been on many trips so far and has had a chance to get a feel for what a college campus is like, however he hasn't been able to make the trip to Storrs and take in the atmosphere surrounding the Connecticut football program. He has done his research though and seems impressed by what he has seen and read.

"From what I've read about the coaching staff they all seem like they're very good at what they do," Sands explained. "I saw pictures of the facilities and have spoken to different people about them and know that they have some phenomenal equipment up there. From an academic standpoint they ranked highly among public schools around the country and I like the fact that it's a medium sized campus. Distance won't play much of a factor for me, I am after all considering Nebraska right now, so I just want to find a place that fits me and makes me feel comfortable. I'd also like to go to a program that I can make an impact at. I really would like to visit Connecticut sometime in June and then have my decision made by the start of the football season if possible. It's not a definite at this point or even a goal, but it is something I would like to have out of the way for my senior season."

Head Coach Randy Edsall and Coach Hank Hughes will be visiting Sands at Boyertown High School on May 11th and Sands has also had other visitors recently like Penn State on Wednesday and expects Louisville in the near future. Sands benches 350 pounds, squats 515 pounds, and has a 27-inch vertical jump. He also excels in the classroom where he reports a 3.7 core GPA and an SAT score of 1710.

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