The defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide has just one verbal commitment in the class of 2019 and it appears Trey Sanders will remain highly coveted by many top college football programs despite that recent decision.
The Port St. Joe (Fla) standout, who plays all over the field and is coveted as a running back or athlete by those involved, jumped on his Alabama offer on April 16.
“I’m an athlete, you can put me anywhere on the field,” he said. “I just play everywhere, safety, running back, corner. I’m just a football player, to be honest.”
Local and semi-local schools continue to push for their own pledge and two hosted him along with UA in June.
The versatile rising-sophomore spent time with one of the nation’s top running backs while in Athens.
“Georgia was a lot of competition, to be honest,” he said. “We went to the workout room and met a couple of players. I got to meet Nick [Chubb], I'm a big fan of Nick.
“I got a chance to talk to Kirby Smart, he really wants me at Georgia. We talked about getting my grades right and working harder this year on the field.”
A week long stay in Tuscaloosa was similar, Sanders says.
“It's sort of the same thing. It felt like home,” he said. “Like always. They treated me like I was already at 'Bama, I just love it up there. I had a good time working, there was a lot of good talent out there like Najee [Harris], VanDarius Cowan, all of them. It was pretty cool out there.”
Harris, the No. 1 class of 2017 recruit in America, was also in town for the bulk of the same week. The thought of the running back commitments, along with Brian Robinson and 2018 pledge Dameon Pierce has elevated Sanders’ excitement to play in Alabama’s backfield. He says there’s some differences in he and Harris’ game, however.
“I really can't compare us both because we have two different play styles,” he said. “But I would like to be in the same backfield as him one day."
Many in the recruiting world thought the in-state Seminoles would be the program to beat for Sanders’ services. He was back in Tallahassee most recently.
“Talking to coach Jimbo ([Fisher] is always great when I’m up there,” he said. “They always make me feel at home. They’ve got a great coaching staff. The running back coach [Jay Graham], I’m great friends with him. He gets along with my family real good, we’re real close."
Sanders, who last measured in at 6-foot-1 ½, 200 pounds, could make return trips to each program this summer though no visit dates are locked in at this time. He remains interested in all programs though he still considers himself an Alabama commitment.
“It’s just Roll Tide, I love the place,” he said.