In-state battle brewing for Sanders' services

Suffice to say that just a few weeks ago Yamen Sanders' name wasn't listed on the recruiting board of either Arizona State or the University of Arizona. Nonetheless, these days the Culver City (Calif.) safety is coveted by these archrivals and will visit both of them this month.

"Coach Chris Ball starting recruiting me a few weeks ago," Sanders said. "I feel like Arizona State is a good program that can develop players, win a lot of games and get to some bowl games. The area around there is very nice. I've been to Phoenix before, but never to the campus."

The 6-4 190-pound Yamen Sanders only played safety for Culver City High School. He posted 90 total tackles and one interception for the 10-4 Centaurs.

"Coaches like I can get to the ball quickly," Sanders said, "and that I'm a physical player."

Sanders visited Wyoming this past weekend and even though they are a non-BCS conference team, he doesn't eliminate their chances of landing him.

"I could still see myself going there," Sanders claimed. "I'm also looking at Montana and Northern Iowa. It just depends how I feel on my next two visits (to ASU and Arizona). Wherever I feel the best fit with the coaches and schemes, that is where I will go to."

The safety mentioned other factors that will guide his ultimate decision.

"I want to major in business, so I want to go to a school that has a good business school and that helps you once you graduate to find a job quickly," Sanders remarked. "I also want to look at how many safeties a team has on their roster and see if I can play early. The scheme the defense runs, the area of the school, relationship with the coaches is other stuff I'm going to look at."

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