Sanders headed to Arizona

Arizona hosted eight visitors this past weekend and it is already showing results. Read on to see why Yamen Sanders has made the decision to become a Wildcat.

Despite getting a late start, Rich Rodriguez and his staff have had success in recruiting for the 2012 class with players that are a bit under the radar or from relationships his new coaching staff built with other schools.

Culver City (Calif.) Senior High School safety Yamen Sanders qualifies as the former, as the new staff has aggressively pursued the Golden State native and has now led to his commitment.

"My visit to Arizona was cool, I learned a lot," Sanders said. "It was pretty cool, I really liked it and it met my expectations. My favorite part was probably the campus, the setup of the campus is pretty nice."

Listed as an outside linebacker, Rodriguez and his new staff have different plans for the 6-foot-4, 185-pound prospect.

"I will probably play one of the three safety positions, most likely the spur or the bandit," Sanders said. "I would fit right in, it's a perfect fit and a system I would be comfortable with."

Sanders obviously had the chance to meet coach Rodriguez but he was also able to start building a relationship with Tony Gibson, his potential position coach in the future.

"Coach Rodriguez is a great guy," Sanders said. "He seems like he really wants the best for his athletes. Coach Gibson is a good guy. He's cool, it seems like he knows a lot. He told me he reallys wants me to come (to Arizona) and that he really likes me as a player."

While it was believed that his next trip would be to Arizona State, it appears those plans have changed with a verbal to the Wildcats.

"I was thinking about taking another visit this next weekend to either Oregon, Michigan State maybe, or Illinois," Sanders said. "I don't have offers from those schools, but I think Illinois is about to offer me, we've briefly talked about me coming up there."

On Monday, Sanders proved that a last visit was a moot point, as he decided to end his recruitment for Arizona.

"Arizona definitely helped itself a whole lot on my official visit," Sanders said. "I got a really good feel for how I would fit in."


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