After announcing his decision to ditch the diamond and pursue his dream of playing college football earlier this month, Cord Sandberg drew the interests of a couple of SEC programs.
Sandberg, who was formally a 4-star dual-threat quarterback prospect out of Manatee High School in Bradenton, Florida, had originally committed to play for Dan Mullen at Mississippi State as part of the Bulldogs 2013 recruiting class. Sandberg ultimately decided to play baseball after being drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the third round of the MLB Draft.
After announcing his intentions to return to football, Sandberg was courted by the likes of LSU, Auburn, Florida and NC State. Given Florida’s uncertainty at the QB position and the fact that Mullen is now the head man in Gainesville, the Gators seemed like a logical landing spot for Sandberg. However, only LSU, Auburn and NC State made the final cut. After taking official visits to all three programs, Sandberg announced his decision to head to The Plains and the Auburn Tigers on Monday.
Absolutely humbled to have been given the opportunity to pursue a childhood dream of mine. After some visits and a lot of prayer I’m excited to announce I’m officially an Auburn Tiger! Fired up and ready to get to work! #WarEagle @AuburnFootball pic.twitter.com/ot49iTRW9c— Cord Sandberg (@sandberg_cord) July 30, 2018
With his commitment to play for the Tigers, Sandberg becomes the fourth quarterback during Gus Malzahn’s tenure to transfer into the program. Current senior quarterback Jarrett Stidham came to Auburn by way of Baylor prior to the 2017 season.
Making the move from professional baseball to college football is nothing new among quarterbacks as evidenced by former Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weedon, and most notably, former Heisman trophy and national title winning QB Chris Weinke out of Florida State.
Sandberg will still have four years of eligibility left, and possibly five if he redshirts the 2018 season.