Mississippi State gets commitment from four-star quarterback

By Mike Herndon, Mobile Press-Register,Staff (MCT)

Mississippi State landed a highly rated quarterback prospect on Monday, as Cord Sandberg of Manatee High in Bradenton, Fla., committed to the Bulldogs.

Sandberg, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound left-hander, is the 10th-rated dual-threat quarterback in the nation, according to Rivals.com, which considers him a four-star prospect.

He chose the Bulldogs over a long list offers, including Ole Miss, Auburn, LSU, Clemson, North Carolina, Texas Tech and West Virginia.Sandberg threw for 2,187 yards and 19 touchdowns rushed for another 819 yards and 10 scores in 2011, leading Manatee to a state championship. He is also considered a potential Major League Baseball draftee as a center fielder.

“I’ve never had an actual number one that I told the media but in my head and in my gut they’ve kind of been number one for a while,” Sandberg told BulldogBlitz.com. “I knew I wanted to do something SEC just because of all the different venues you get to play at. The SEC competition-wise was the most appealing. Over the course of the recruiting thing Mississippi State just made me feel the best and ended up being the right fit and I went for it.”

Also committing on Monday was Chris Jones, a 6-5, 250-pound defensive end from Houston, Miss., who camped at MSU this week. Sandberg and Jones became the sixth and seventh members of a quickly growing 2013 MSU class.

Offensive linemen Deon Mix of South Panola and Kent Flowers of Simmons School committed over the weekend, joining receivers B.J. Hammond of Gadsden, Ala.; Brandon Wells of Bogue Chitto; and De’Vante Scott of Copiah Lincoln Community College.