Sanders takes in ASU camp

Lavell Sanders and his Compton (Calif.) Dominguez High School teammates swung through the Grand Canyon State the last couple of days, attending both an Arizona and an Arizona State camp. This was another opportunity for Sanders who was offered by the Sun Devils, to get a feel for the program whom he claims is currently leading for his services.

"It was a phenomenal time," said the 6-1 190 pound Lavell Sanders. "It was a very good camp. I didn't get to tour the campus today because we were busy with the camp but I have been there before and I did get to see it then. But I had a good time there.

"Coach (Trent) Bray is a very competitive coach and I like how fired up he is and how he pays attention to each and every player and how they do the drill. He wants everyone to work hard and doesn't like anyone slacking and wants everyone to finish through every drill. That's the stuff that makes you better and I like that about him."

Sanders, who is being looked at by Arizona State at both linebacker and safety, reported weight room marks of 315 lbs. benching, 575 squatting and 275 on the power clean. He remarked that his athleticism is what drew the Sun Devil coaches to him.

"They like my agility, my speed and my ability to change direction," Sanders said. "I ran a 3.98 shuttle and a 4.58 40 (yard dash) and that helped me get that offer."

Sanders missed two games in his junior, as he recorded 23 tackles and four sacks. He was offered a scholarship by the Sun Devils a month ago. New Mexico, Cal Poly and Northern Arizona are the other schools who have offered the Compton Dominguez defensive player.

One school the linebacker feels that may be close to offering him was Arizona, and he attended the Wildcats' camp a day before he participated in ASU's camp.

"Their camp was OK," Sanders commented, "but if it was up to me I would choose Arizona State over Arizona. I like that ASU has the bubble (indoor practice facility) so you can get away from the heat, I like how the coaches want you to work hard and how serious they are about academics."

In Monday's camp Sanders was joined by teammates Adrian Molina, Johmel Charles, Corey White as well as Dejon Allen who committed to Arizona State last week.

"Dejon wants me to come to ASU but he doesn't recruit me hard or anything like that," Sanders said. "The whole recruiting process can be difficult at times but it's also whatever you make of it. You need to make sure to know what you look for in a school and academics is something I look for. That's why I rather go to ASU.

"Me and my teammates said that we would take our time and decide closer to February 1st (National Letter of Intent Day). We have a lot of players on my team that have offers and we all want to decide on the same day."

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