Six offers and counting for Vandenburg

A tight end who has emerged this year as one of the more highly sought-after prospects at his position is College of the Desert's Brandon Vandenburg (6-6, 260) and he has the offers to prove it. JCFootball.com got the full scoop on why he's flown so far under the radar until this year and which schools he's looking for official visits...

"I have offers from Texas A&M, Western Michigan, Portland State, Kentucky, San Diego State and Florida Atlantic," Vandenburg told JCFootball.com. "I'm also getting some heavy interest from Boise State, UCLA, Texas Tech and Utah and there are a lot of schools coming to our school and talking to me, so I think I will have more offers soon.

"I haven't set up any visits yet, but if we don't go to a bowl game then, on our bye week, I'm probably going to visit San Diego State.

"Other than that visit, I really haven't set anything else up. I feel like I want to see the two SEC schools that have offered me (Kentucky and Texas A&M), but since so many new schools are coming after me, things might change so I'm not really sure."

Desert is 3-3 this season and Vandenburg ranks second on the team in both receptions (22), yards (310) and touchdowns (three) and he said the way the Road Runner coaches use him he is getting valuable experience being an every-down tight end.

"They split me out a lot and I also play with my hand down," Vandenburg noted. "I feel pretty comfortable doing both, so I can do whatever they need me to do."

Vandenburg played wide receiver in high school, but because he attended such a small school, not a lot of college coaches came to see what he could do.

"I decided to sign with San Diego, but when I got there, the competition level wasn't what I was expecting and I felt like I could play at a higher level," Vandenburg recalled. "I came to Desert because it's close to home, where I grew up, so that allowed me to save some money and also it's got a good program and they get a lot of guys out into D-1 programs."

Vandenburg is on pace to graduate in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2012 season.

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