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Former Dan Mullen signee Cord Sandberg names 3 finalists

The former Manatee High four-star football prospect will visit N.C. State, Auburn and LSU
Cord Sandberg, former Clearwater Threshers outfielder, is returning to football after a half-decade in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. ZACK WITTMAN | Times
Published Jul. 17, 2018

It appears Dan Mullen won't get a second shot at coaching former Manatee High four-star QB Cord Sandberg.

Sandberg, returning to football after spending the past half-decade in the Phillies organization, said Tuesday morning he has narrowed his college choices to N.C. State, Auburn and LSU. He'll visit the Wolfpack on July 25, and follow with visits to Auburn and Baton Rouge.

"Those are definitely the schools I knew I wanted to visit for sure," said Sandberg, who signed with Dan Mullen at Mississippi State in 2013 before opting for a baseball career. "I'm pretty confident after those three visits I'll know where I want to go, and I'll try to get on campus as soon as possible."

Sandberg, who never got past Double-A with the Phillies, also has been offered by UCF, and has been invited by Mullen to join Florida as a walk-on.

Of his three finalists, Auburn is the only one that has offered Sandberg a full scholarship so far, but he said N.C. State and LSU have informed him they can get him on scholarship in January. As a Phillies third-round draft pick who received a signing bonus near $800,000, money isn't a deal-breaking issue for Sandberg.

Sandberg is attempting to become the latest in a sequence of prominent two-sport athletes to successfully transition from baseball to football. Here's something we wrote on him earlier this month.