Sanders Back From Alabama

Barry Sanders

When standout running back Barry J. Sanders of Oklahoma City (Heritage Hall), Okla., returned our call Sunday evening he chuckled when we told him that we had lost track as to when he was going to Alabama for the Crimson Tide's Junior Day but we were reminded when we saw him on television Saturday.

Sanders was shown on the television broadcast of the Bama basketball game sitting next to Alabama head coach Nick Saban. His dad, Barry Sanders was sitting on the other side of Saban.

"Yeah, he was with me," said Sanders of his father, not Saban. "He went with me to Florida State too. You know we enjoyed the trip. It went well and we got to see a lot of what goes into Alabama football."

Sanders has accumulated 15 scholarship offers and for good reason as he has been sensational on the high school fields for the Chargers since his freshman campaign. Last season he rushed for 1,168 yards (12.2 yards per carry) and 16 touchdowns on 96 carries despite a foot injury that prematurely ended his season.

He is considered the top prospect in the state of Oklahoma by many sources including Go Pokes. It is impossible to even think that Sanders could be as good as his father, who was the best that I have ever seen, but the younger Sanders is very good. He comes as close to a "chip off the old block" as you could expect.

He is legit with speed, vision, and moves. He also has a great attitude to deal with being the son of a college and pro football hall of famer. It is no accident that OSU, Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, UCLA, Tennessee, Florida State, Florida, and Notre Dame have all come calling.

We asked the younger Sanders if it is he or his father that is most surprised with all the theatrics that go into recruiting and even unofficial visits.

"I would say he is more surprised by all of it," said Sanders of his father. "I don't think he went through much of this and I have guys that I know that are going through it now and guys that have gone through it previously."

With stops made at Florida State and now Alabama, we asked if there were any more trips scheduled this spring for Sanders.

"I will probably make it to Oklahoma State sometime in the next few weeks," said Sanders. "I want to go and meet with the new coaches, (Kasey) Dunn and (Jemal) Singleton, oh and Coach (Todd) Monken. I have communicated with Coach Dunn and Singleton, but I want to meet them in person."

Sanders is still undecided on whether he will play baseball this spring. He has voiced that he wants to make sure he does everything right by his foot so as to be 100 percent for football next season.

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