Mississippi State University football added one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation when they got a verbal pledge from Bradenton, Fla., quarterback Cord Sandberg (24) Monday evening.
June 11, 2012 8:19:45 PM
The Mississippi State University football program picked up a commitment from one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation in Cord Sandberg.
"I wanted to play football in the SEC," said Sandberg. "That was important to me. I know what Coach Mullen has done with other quarterbacks and I wanted to be a part of that."
In the mold of a former Dan Mullen protégé Tim Tebow, the Bradenton, Fla., prospect is rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and a three-star recruit by 247sports.com and Scout.com.
The left-handed Sandberg, who stands 6-foot-3, 205-pounds, is a two-sport star in high school, but according to multiple reports Sandberg passed for 2,187 yards and 19 touchdowns while rushing for another 813 yards and 10 scores in 2011 as a junior at Manatee High, where he led them to a state championship. Rivals.com ranks him as the 10th-best dual-threat quarterback in the country.
"When I told (Mullen) I wanted to be a Bulldog he said he was jumping up and down," Sandberg said. "It is a great feeling."
MaxPreps.com named Manatee the No. 1 team in the country in its Preseason Top 25 High School Football poll.
Sandberg holds 17 scholarship offers from such power programs as Auburn University, University of Arizona, Clemson University, University of Illinois, Louisiana State University, University of Mississippi and the University of West Virginia.
Sandberg could also be a highly-touted baseball prospect for the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft as he bats and throws lefthanded, shows some power at the plate and covers a lot of ground in center field with above-average speed.
"He's super athletic," Manatee head baseball coach Dwayne Strong told Baseball America. "He's one of the better guys I've coached in 25 years of coaching. He's got a pretty good toolset."
Sandberg's father, Chuck, was a first baseman at Florida and was drafted by the Red Sox in the ninth round of the 1979 draft. He spent three years in the minor leagues before a knee injury cut his career short. Now, Chuck Sandberg has been a football coach at Manatee for 25 years.
All of the Dispatch MSU Sports Blog readers: feel free to follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/matthewcstevens for up-to-date Mississippi State coverage.
1. Summer musical promises 'magical' entertainment ENTERTAINMENT
4. Mathematics Guides Us True BOOK REVIEWS