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South's 2018 No. 7 DT Rick Sandidge's offer list includes ACC, Big Ten and SEC

CONCORD, N.C. -- Rick Sandidge's stock continues to soar on the recruiting trail and the 2018 defensive lineman gave Scout the latest.

Rick Sandige continues to be one of the most sought-after 2018 defensive linemen in the country and his scholarship offer list has grown to over 20.

Ohio State was the most recent school to pull the trigger.

"It's in the Big Ten and it's a great program," said the 6-foot-5, 270-pound Sandidge. "They have had a lot of success and are one of the top teams in the country every year.

(Defensive line) coach (Larry) Johnson is recruiting me. We talked and he asked how I was doing. He also asked if I was interested in the school and I told him definitely. I'd like to go to a game this fall, but if I don't get up there for a game, I'll go in the spring. I just want to get a feel for things and see the environment."

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Out all the schools, Sandidge said North Carolina and South Carolina are recruiting him hardest, and spoke about his interaction with each staff.

North Carolina: (Offensive line) coach (Chris) Kapilovic and (defensive line) coach (Tray) Scott are recruiting me," Sandidge said. "It means a lot that two coaches are recruiting me.

"I'd say I talk to coach Kapilovic the most. He's a good guy and knows a lot about the game. But I've been talking to coach Scott more lately and I like him. He's told me I'd fit in well in their defense and that I could make an impact. I'm going to go to a game soon."

South Carolina: "I'm really close with (running backs) coach (Bobby) Bentley. He's been encouraging my family and me to come visit as much as we can."

Virginia Tech will be one of his next trips.

"I feel like they're improving and really going in the right direction," Sandidge said. "(Defensive coordinator) coach (Bud) Foster is one of the best defensive coaches in the country, too. 

"I haven't been there before, so I'm interested to see everything and looking forward to getting to know the coaching staff."

Sandidge plans to narrow his list at the end of his junior year and knows two programs that will be in the mix.

"UNC and South Carolina will definitely make the cut," he said. "They've recruited me really hard and I've developed strong relationships with those coaches."

Concord is 2-1 and continues their season on Friday at home against Hickory Ridge at 7:30 p.m.


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