Tandy will build toward a decision

Do-it-all players can be found throughout the country, but it might be tough to find one who fits the description more than Edward Tandy (Tustin, Calif./Tustin).

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound athlete is listed as an outside linebacker, the position where colleges see him fitting at the next level. But for his high school team, Tandy's responsibilities are a bit more than that.

"I play linebacker, running back, fullback, special teams and long snapper," he said. "I rarely come off the field."

He rushed for 438 yards and six touchdowns on offense and registered 73 tackles, three interceptions and two sacks defensively.

Tandy holds five offers at this point: California, Colorado, UCLA, Washington and Washington State have stepped forward. The Golden Bears are recruiting Tandy the hardest and he will unofficially visit the Cal campus later this month.

He is in no hurry to make a college decision and said he will likely wait until after the season and when he is certain that all of his options are on the table. What he does know is that academics will play a big role in his decision, which is why he has so much interest in Cal.

"Their educational program is one of the best," he said. "That's what I really care about. I want to be an architect and they're good in that also."

Though Tandy's visit to Cal will be just a bit late to provide any assistance with the blueprints for the Golden Bears' new athletic facilities, he said that is the kind of thing he would like to be involved in creating after football.

"It just fascinates me how structures like that can be built by man," he said. "I want to be able to design those structures."