LINCOLN — Two junior college prospects Nebraska's football team had hoped to add to its 2013 recruiting class chose other schools Wednesday, thinning NU's remaining targets at positions of need.
Los Angeles Pierce College tight end Beau Sandland picked Miami (Fla.) over the Huskers. NU had targeted Sandland as its top tight end prospect last spring, as current Nebraska seniors Kyler Reed and Ben Cotton are graduating.
Sandland, a 6-foot-6, 250-pound four-star prospect, told recruiting sites he made his final decision Tuesday night. Junior college prospects enrolling in January could sign with their respective schools Wednesday.
“It was a really tough decision,” Sandland told CanesInsider. “I love both of them and it was like splitting hairs. In the end, I thought the best for my education and my future was Miami. It was the best place for me.”
In another interview with Miami's Rivals' site, Sandland said he researched the number of Hurricane tight ends who were drafted in the NFL's first round. Sandland told The World-Herald on Dec. 13 that the departure of graduate assistant Vince Marrow to Kentucky “put a damper” on his interest in the Huskers.
NU has offered another junior college tight end, College of the Desert (Calif.) prospect Brandon Vandenburg. In ESPN's ranking of the top 100 junior college prospects, Vandenburg is rated ahead of Sandland.
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Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College defensive tackle Quincy Russell signed with Oklahoma over NU. The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder joined his Trinity Valley teammate, Josiah St. John, in picking the Sooners.
On Tuesday, another Husker junior college defensive line target, Cerritos (Calif.) College's Kyle Peko, picked Oregon State over Nebraska and Michigan State. The three-star Peko and Russell, also a three star, were two of NU's top priorities at tackle.
Another defensive line prospect — Northeast Mississippi Community College's Lavon Hooks — delayed his announcement until Thursday. It's believed that the 6-foot-4, 295-pound four-star has narrowed his list to SEC schools Auburn and Ole Miss, but Hooks texted The World-Herald on Tuesday night saying he hadn't eliminated Nebraska.
Ľ NOTES: Former Husker offensive lineman Tyler Moore, who left the program in mid-August for personal reasons, officially signed with Florida on Wednesday. Moore had attended St. Petersburg (Fla.) College this semester.
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