There seems to be one nearly every year—a top-notch quarterback who is also highly-touted on the baseball diamond. Casey Kelly. . . Bubba Starling. . . Jameis Winston. Next year, the player in that spotlight will be Cord Sandberg from Manatee High in Bradenton, Fla.
Sandberg has good physicality at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. 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 coach Dwayne Strong said. "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.
Sandberg passed for 2,187 yards this season with 19 touchdowns and rushed for another 813 yards and 10 touchdowns. As far as colleges go, Sandberg is still getting recruited and weighing all his options. He has not made a verbal commitment yet but said the schools that have shown the most interest are Auburn, Clemson, Mississippi State and North Carolina.
He's not sure about playing both sports at the next level, though.
"It's fun playing both in high school, but I'm sure it'd be pretty difficult, at the college level, to be successful in both," Sandberg said. "I think I'd probably just focus on one."
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