Four-Star Defender Checks Out Tigers

This talented prospect talks about his trip to Auburn on Sunday for an unofficial visit.

Ariton, Ala.--A four-star prospect and rated as the number 10 defensive end in the country by, 6-4, 230 Craig Sanders took an unofficial visit to Auburn on Sunday to check out coach Gene Chizik's program and he says he liked what he saw.

"It was great," Sanders tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I got to hang out with the coaches and everything. I went out and saw some practice and got to talk to coach (Tracy) Rocker. I went to the team meeting with him. I also went to a special teams meeting.

"Everything was good. I got to hang out with coach Rocker and the position coaches so that was good. It's a great staff. All of them are nice and good coaches."

One of the biggest reasons Sanders wanted to check out Auburn in addition to getting a better feel for the coaching staff off the field, was to see how they worked on the field. He says after checking out a practice he sees a team that is going to work hard.

"They were getting after it," Sanders says. "They were making them hustle, at least coach Rocker was. I was only in his group, but they were hustling."

Currently holding 14 offers from schools such as Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Clemson, Stanford, and others, Sanders says he's in no hurry to make his decision and hasn't started to narrow things down just yet, but the Tigers made a move after seeing them in person.

"It helped," Sanders says. "It really did. It moved them up a little more. Everybody is still on my list. They are all in there."

Sanders has spent his time being busy around the Ariton athletic department. In addition to mainly being used as a runner for the baseball team, he is a big part of a power lifting team that recently won the Class 1A State Championship. Lifting in the 205-232 pound class, Sanders won the title with a 405-pound squat, 325-pound bench press, and a 300-pound power clean.

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