Tampa, Florida’s Jaden Sandlin is a 2021 3-star offensive lineman that’s currently committed to Florida Atlantic, but a recent phone call could change his recruiting.
Monday night, Sandlin (6-foot-6, 260 pounds) received a phone call from Pitt offensive line coach Dave Borbely and the two had a short but interesting conversation.
“I guess he recently got a hold of my film and hit me up last night around 7 p.m.” Sandlin told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “He said I saw your tape for the first time today and loved how you play. He then asked if I was for sure locked into my Florida Atlantic commitment. I told him that I am to an extent but I’m always open to other offers and opportunities. I say that because I’ve always wanted to play Power Five ball because that’s always been my dream. However, I consider myself blessed to play D-I and I appreciate Florida Atlantic.”
The next part of their conversation was the interesting part because it involves Jaden’s twin brother Jordan (6-foot-6, 295 pounds), who’s a 3-star lineman that’s also currently committed to play with him at Florida Atlantic. The two brothers are a package deal, so wherever Jaden plays, he’ll have to be joined by his brother.
“Coach then told me that he was going to watch my brother’s film tomorrow. He then asked if we wanted to play together at the same school and I told him ‘Yes, that’s been our plan.'”
Jaden admits that it’s flattering to get a call from Pitt but at the same time, admits it’s crazy to think that he might have to start thinking about recruiting again since he thought it was over with when he committed to hometown Florida Atlantic.
“We’ve always wanted to play Power Five ball so now if we would be offered by Pitt, we would have to think and have a long talk with our family about what we would do,” said Sandlin.
Sandlin describes himself as a versatile lineman and is able to play multiple positions on the line. For his high school team Tampa Catholic, Jaden plays offensive tackle while his brother Jordan plays mostly offensive guard. However, he pointed out that he’s able to play guard and his brother can play tackle as well.