Beau Sandland, a 4-star JUCO tight end prospect from Pierce College in Woodland Hills, California, has officially signed to play football for the Miami Hurricanes.
This is a major recruiting win for Miami, because Sandland projects to be a great player. He's ranked as the No. 1 overall JUCO recruit according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
247Sports.com reports on the big JUCO signing for Miami:
Miami (Fla.) signed the top overall junior college prospect in the recruiting industry-generated 247Composite rankings with Los Angeles (Calif.) Pierce College tight end Beau Sandland decided to continue his career with the Hurricanes.
“It was really the relationship that I build with the coaching staff, their resume, their experience, and their expertise,” Sandland told Nate Adelson of InsideTheU.com.
What exactly is Sandland bringing to the table for Miami? Here's my scouting report on the talented junior college tight end:
The first thing you have to talk about in regards to Sandland is his size. He's 6'6'' and 260 pounds, so he has excellent size for a tight end. He's big enough to be a blocker in the run game, but he'll also be able to stay home for added pass protection if need be. He also runs a 4.6 40 according to Rivals.com, so he's more than fast enough to be a vertical threat in the passing game.
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His combination of size and speed gives him the potential to be very good. He'll be quicker than linebackers over the middle and in the seams, but he can also go out to the sideline and overpower corners with his size.
Sandland has very quick feet, runs solid, crisp routes, and he has above-average elusiveness and vision once he gets the ball. He's much more than a possession tight end. He's also a solid blocker and can be utilized out of the backfield as a blocker or a safety valve in the flats.
If he does one thing really well, it's going up, high-pointing the football, and using his hands to catch contested passes.
You can see in the pictures below how he's able to go up and extend his hands, which is a trait that will allow him to create separation against better defenders in the ACC.
Sandland also possesses great body control, so he'll be a valuable target in the end zone or around the sidelines.
At this point, there's not much negative to say about Sandland. He's a very refined tight end recruit that does a lot well, and he's going to be a very valuable part of Miami's offense.