Sanders Celebrates 17th Birthday

Barry J. Sanders

Speculation was rampant last week about standout running back Barry J. Sanders of Oklahoma City (Heritage Hall), Okla., possibly ending up at the University of Alabama. Sanders, who is at the top of Go Pokes Top 35 Oklahoma recruiting prospects, is considered one of the top running backs in the 2012 recruiting class.

The source of the Alabama panic of last week is a column on Bleacher Report, a sports website. Larry Burton, the featured Alabama columnist on Bleacher Report, made the case for Sanders ending up at Alabama.

Burton based his column on a variety of factors, including positive comments made by Sander's father, former Oklahoma State Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders. He also used the fact that running backs have had a lot of success recently at Alabama under current Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban. This was only a column written on an Alabama website, but right now that is all it takes.

Meanwhile, Barry J. Sanders was at home on Sunday afternoon celebrating his 17th birthday with friends and family.

"Yes, we are having a good time here," said the always pleasant Sanders. "Nothing has really changed (with recruiting). it is still the same four schools -- Oklahoma State, Alabama, Florida State, and UCLA. I haven't had any more scholarship offers, but I am still hearing from a lot of schools."

Sanders said he will be at Oklahoma State's spring football game next Saturday. We forgot to ask if his father was joining him.

So Sanders with his birthday this weekend had a good reason not to be joining other 2012 and 2013 recruiting prospects in Fort Worth at TCU for the Elite 11 and Nike Skills Camps this weekend. Sanders has more than proven his abilities in his performance at Heritage Hall since his freshman season and he is regarded as one of the best prospects in the class of 2012.

Sanders is also still doing rehab on a foot injury from last season and he is encouraged with how that is going.

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