March 27, 2008

Stanford commit looking at backup plan

Duluth (Northview HS), Ga. tight end prospect Brock Sanders committed to Stanford about a month ago, but is eyeing two Mississippi schools.

"I'm 99 percent committed to Stanford," Sanders said Wednesday afternoon. "But, I'm still taking some visits just in case."

Sanders said the "just is case" situation surrounds academics and he wants to have an alternate plan in the event that he doesn't meet Stanford's admission requirements.

He currently has a 3.5 GPA and Stanford requires a 3.25. He hasn't taken the SAT and will need to score approximately 1000 for admission. He plans on taking the SAT in May.

Sanders, a 6-foot-3, 220 pound prospect, played several positions on his high school team including on the offensive line and defensive end, but projects as a tight end in college.

Being "completely committed" to Stanford won't stop Sanders from making a trip to Mississippi State this weekend. He'll follow that with a trip to Stanford on April 5.

"Except for Stanford, the Mississippi schools are my favorites," he said.

He lists Mississippi State ahead of Ole Miss, mainly because the Bulldogs have offered.

His trip to Starkville will be his first visit to the Magnolia State.

"I'll probably give Ole Miss the same attention if they offer," he said.

Sanders has relatives on the West Coast who impacted his decision to commit to Stanford, but he says he loves the south.

"If I go to Stanford, I can always return here (to the south) after I graduate," he said.

Sanders said he knows little about Ole Miss other than watching the Rebels occasionally on television, but vows to give any school attention, including Ole Miss, if they offer.

Sanders' father, Eric Sanders, played on the offensive line at Nevada-Reno before spending 12 years in the NFL, six with the Detroit Lions and six with the Atlanta Falcons. He also played long snapper in the NFL.

Sanders currently has offers only from Stanford and Mississippi State, but is also getting interest from several other schools including Vanderbilt, Michigan State, and Southern Miss.

He says that Ole Miss, along with Stanford and State, are recruiting him the hardest.

Sanders doesn't have any firm camp plans at any schools at this time, although he will participate in the Nike Elite Camp later this spring in Florida.

He camped at Vanderbilt last summer and attended the U.S. Army All-American Combine in January.

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