For Sanford, it was his perception in newly-hired head coach Joey McGuire that led to him deciding to go west to Lubbock for the subsequent 3-4 years.
“In all probability simply the relationships that I constructed there and I simply assume it’s actually family-oriented,” Sanford stated.” Listening to about Coach McGuire and the alternatives after soccer, for positive.”
Like most gamers and coaches in Texas highschool soccer, Sanford was conscious of the particular person Joey McGuire was going into his time being recruited by Texas Tech, however seeing it for himself made every little thing really feel proper ultimately.
“All the things I’ve heard about him has been good,” he stated. “When he first got here in, I used to be fearful as a result of it was a brand new coach that has by no means coached a university staff as a head coach earlier than. However simply listening to all the good issues about him, I simply assume every little thing off the sphere will carry onto the sphere for him.”
On his official go to to Lubbock, Sanford seen the drive of the staff and was capable of see the imaginative and prescient beneath the brand new regime.
“They’re actually goal-oriented, they know what they need,” he stated. “They get up day by day with a imaginative and prescient on the way to get that and I believe I match proper into that.”
Along with Texas Tech, Sanford’s official go to swing within the month of June noticed him take journeys to Northwestern, Oklahoma State, SMU and Washington. Regardless of some outdoors noise, Sanford believed that Tech was the appropriate place for him.
“It was a troublesome determination,” Sanford stated. “That’s in all probability why I performed my recruitment out the way in which it’s been. Simply making an attempt to make the most effective determination for me and what I believe will assist me after soccer as effectively.”
The resume of the Pink Raiders’ secondary coach and passing recreation coordinator Marcel Yates stood out as effectively to Sanford, as he sees a chance to see the sphere early and develop shortly beneath his information.
“Developmental-wise, he was once a DC so I might say he’s over-qualified to be a secondary coach,” Sanford stated. “I belief him to mould me into what I need to be. I’ve been trying out the depth chart lots. I believe I can positively play early there.”
At 5-foot-11, 185 kilos, Sanford is the No. 18 ranked security within the nation and the No. 48 recruit from the state of Texas for the category of 2023, in accordance with Rivals. He joins Texas Tech’s prime 20 class as its fourth four-star prospect.