Pierce TE hauls in Pac 12 offer

L.A. Pierce is loaded with talent on both sides of the ball this year and one of the top prospects on the offensive side of the ball is TE Beau Sandland (6-6, 250) and he spoke to JCFootball.com about several subjects including which Pac 12 school was the first to extend an offer...

Sandland enjoyed a solid prep career at Simi Valley (Ca.) High School and was unable to qualify for a scholarship to a four-year school.

"I was recruited, but when they saw my grades, they all sorta backed off," Sandland said. "I started looking at all of the programs I could go to down here and when I met with the (Pierce) coaches I really liked them and their resume, how many guys they get moved on to the next level, is by far the best. They get so many guys scholarships, I knew it was the place for me."

With his huge frame and outstanding athleticism, Sandland posted 20 receptions for 265 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman last fall and because of the tools and his productivity, he has received his first offer and more schools are showing interest.

"I just got an offer from Utah," an excited Sandland told JCFootball.com. "I'm also hearing from Washington, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas Tech.

"I'm going to try and visit Texas Tech on an unofficial visit coming up soon, but I'm not sure exactly when."

While in high school, Sandland was used primarily as a receiver, so this past fall was his first time playing a more traditional tight end role.

"In high school I was split out a lot because we ran a spread offense," Sandland noted. "This past year was my first time in a three-point tight end spot.

"I feel like I did pretty well, but obviously you can always improve. I'm working a lot on my blocking this offseason and my lower-body strength."

Sandland is on pace to finish up his AA in December and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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