February 13, 2011

Sanders Jr. open, planning UA visit

Oklahoma City (OK) Heritage Hall running back Barry Sanders is no stranger to those who follow college football recruiting. Sanders has been an internet sensation since his freshman season, with two YouTube videos that alone total over 2.5 million views. Unsurprisingly, the electrifying back has also caught the attention of college coaches, already reeling in double-digit scholarship offers. Sanders is in the process of visiting many of those schools during the offseason.

"So far, probably the biggest offers I have are Auburn and Bama," said Sanders. "I went to Florida State's junior day-it was good, I enjoyed it. I'm also going to try to get down to Bama on the 19th.

"Several head coaches have been by the school. Coach (Nick) Saban, Jimbo (Fisher),and Coach (Brian)Kelly, are a few. Coach Bogert lets me know who's been by every now and then. At this point, I have good relationships with all of the coaches. There's not really one in particular that stands out. Whenever I talk with any coach, we're working on building a relationship."

As a junior, Sanders ran for 1,136 yards on 81 carries and scored 18 touchdowns in less than half a season, before suffering a season-ending foot injury.

"As a team, we did really well- we won the state championship," Sanders said. "I got hurt in week six. We're looking to do just as good or better next year. My strengths as a runner are getting downhill, vision and speed."

Sanders is taking a simple approach to evaluating schools.

"There aren't too many key factors that I'm going to look at- it's just going to be where I'm most comfortable," he said. "Distance isn't much of a factor. Really, it's anywhere that gets the running back the ball with consistency.

"I don't have any leaders at this point. I'm still in the process of getting all the information I can and then trying to narrow them down. I'll probably wait it out as long as I need to."

Sanders, who rushed for 1,230 yards and 15 touchdowns as a sophomore, has already been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

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