RB Sanders has four favorites

Barry Sanders

His name might be familiar to football fans everywhere because of his famous father, but Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City) running back Barry Sanders is a star in his own right. An Army All-American who holds offers from dozens of schools around the country, Barry Sanders told The Bootleg that he's in the process of figuring out his official visit schedule.

"Right now I'm just narrowing it down and trying to figure out where and when I'm gong to take my officials," Sanders said.

Currently, Sanders claims four favorites: Stanford, Florida State, Alabama and Oklahoma State.

Earlier this month, Sanders made his second trip to Stanford's campus, with his dad in tow.

"Me and my dad went out there, spent a couple of days on campus, had a good time," Sanders said.

Sanders thought he meshed well with the squad.

"[I spent time with] Wayne Lyons and, I can't think of his roommate's name, but he's a freshman, I did spend some time around the guys," Sanders said. "I know Wayne, I met him last summer in Virginia, so I knew him, and Ty [Montgomery], the freshman receiver, I met him at the same camp, so there were a few guys there I was familiar with, so it was easy."

Sanders will have the chance to reacquaint himself with Lyons, Montgomery, and the rest of Stanford's football team in just a few months time, when he's planning to take an official visit to Palo Alto.

"I'm definitely going to try and make my first official Oct. 1 when Stanford plays UCLA," Sanders said. "Then, after that, I don't know what else I'll have."

In the meantime, Sanders, who sports a 3.39 GPA and hopes to major in sports finance, will stay busy with football, school, and, at least to a degree, the Stanford application.

"Yeah, I'm actually in the process of filling it out," Sanders said. "I know they want me to take the ACT in September/October, so I won't probably be able to send it in until I get the score I need, but it will probably be late September or early October, or early November-ish, December maybe.

"I've taken [the ACT] a couple times, but I know they want us to take it those two dates so I will and see if I can raise it."

Sanders, who is being recruited by running backs coach Mike Sanford, plans to wait until closer to signing day before making his decision.

"I'll probably verbally commit at the Army Game, that's what I'm thinking right now," Sanders said. "Any time earlier would be spontaneous."

When he does commit, Sanders said his decision will be based on the general feeling he has for a particular program.

"Just kind of my overall feel of the program and all that good stuff," Sanders said.

Given his recent visit to Stanford and the application, it's clear that Sanders holds the Cardinal in high regard. Sanders said that his connection with the people at Stanford and the opportunities the school presents.

"Probably just the connection factor, after talking to those guys out there and the people that you know and the opportunities that you get after playing the game is unlike any other, so I think that attracts me more than anything," Sanders said.


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