Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee four-star dual-threat quarterback Cord Sandberg is extremely busy right now, but it isn't for many of the same reasons as his football peers. For Sandberg, it isn't about Junior Days or camps, but instead about performing on the baseball diamond.
"I haven't gone to any Junior Day visits recently because I play baseball and the schedule with baseball is pretty hectic so I don't really have much time for Junior Days," Sandberg said. "I haven't been to any as of lately and I don't really have any plans to."
With regards to baseball's influence on the 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect's future, he said it won't have much of one unless he is taken in the MLB Draft and given a contract offer to think about. When it comes to selecting a college, the center fielder said the only sport that will influence that decision is football.
"As far as college is concerned, the only thing I am worried about is the football team," Sandberg said.
The good news for Sandberg is that plenty of colleges are interested. He already has verbal offers from Auburn, Baylor, Cincinnati, Clemson, Illinois, Iowa State, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Texas Tech, UCF, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, and Western Kentucky. Another offer will be officially extended tomorrow more than likely from a school in the Pac-12.
"Arizona told my quarterbacks coach, Coach (Chris) Conboy, that they were going to offer," Sandberg said. "I am actually supposed to talk to them tomorrow (on Monday). I haven't talked to any of their coaches yet. They have just been in contact with my coach so far. But they indicated to him that they want to offer me."
The Wildcats, similar to a few other schools pursuing his services, run a spread offensive attack. For the athletic dual-threat signal-caller, such a system is appealing but not a deal breaker one way or the other.
"At Manatee, we do a lot of things, I run and I pass, sometimes I am under center and going play-action, so we are pretty multiple as far as the things we run," Sandberg said. "The offensive scheme will affect me a little bit but if the place I want to go at that time has more of a pro-style offense, then it isn't going to be the deciding factor. I am not looking for strictly a spread, dual-threat type of offense. If there is a school I really want to go to, I am going to do what I have to do to fit the offense."
Sandberg doesn't claim any leaders but did share a list of a few schools that have shown significant interest recently.
"I feel like Auburn, Clemson, Baylor - those are some schools that I have recently talked to. I have also talked to North Carolina recently. I also talked to Northwestern recently and they seemed pretty interested, I feel like they may offer, he didn't say that I just got a good vibe," Sandberg said. "Those aren't necessarily my top schools, they are just schools I have talked to more recently.
"Right now I am just trying to see who all is interested," Sandberg added. "By the summer I will probably have it narrowed down to a top five or so."
When Sandberg is able to narrow down his list, he isn't sure if he will utilize summer camp visits - as he has the past two years - or simply official visits to make his final decision.
"I have already done a lot of camps over the past couple of years," Sandberg said. "It is not for sure that I will go to camps, but it is a possibility. I know for sure that I am going to hopefully take all five of my official visits once I can."
As a junior, Sandberg threw for 2,187 yards and 19 touchdowns and ran for 813 yards and 10 touchdowns. He helped lead Manatee to the Class 7A state title.