Talented Defensive End Talks Recruiting

Four-star defensive end Craig Sanders talks recruiting and gives his thoughts on the Auburn Tigers.

Ariton, Ala.--One of the top defensive end prospects in the country continues to be a top priority as schools from all around the country were in to visit Craig Sanders' high school in the past week. With over a dozen offers at the moment, Sanders says Ariton got plenty of visitors this past week including the "Tiger Prowl" from Auburn.

"It's still pretty hectic," Sanders tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It has kind of slowed down a little bit, but there have been a bunch of coaches come by my school even though I haven't gotten to talk to any of them. A bunch have shown up.

"Georgia Tech, Troy, Stanford, Auburn, Alabama and Florida State all came by the school this week," he adds.

One of the colleges that made a grand entrance was Auburn. Arriving in a limo at his high school early last week, seven Auburn coaches talked with the coaches at Ariton. Sanders says despite the fact he couldn't talk to them, they still made an impact.

"It was pretty cool," Sanders says. "I was looking through the window. I didn't really have a chance to go out there and see it. I knew they were coming, but I was a little surprised that it was all seven coaches."

Continuing to learn more and more about Auburn's new staff under first-year head coach Gene Chizik, Sanders says he likes what he sees from the Tigers at the moment.

"They are great coaches," Sanders says. "They are all about family."

A four-star prospect and the number 10 defensive end in the country, according to Scout.com, the 6-4, 240 Sanders has offers from Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Stanford with several more schools from around the country also in the mix. He says at the moment he's trying to narrow his list and has certain things in mind that he's looking for in a school.

"They are all kind of in the same group," Sanders says. "I'm still trying to decide. There's not really a school better than the others to me right now.

"The graduation rate is important to me," he adds. "How good their academics are. I also want to make sure the campus is good and has good people there."

Sanders rushed for 1,057 yards on 121 carries with 16 touchdowns in only seven games as a junior in 2008. He caught 13 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns. On defense he made 90 tackles, 71 solo, thirty-two for a loss, and added nine sacks, four forced fumbles, six interceptions, two pass breakups, one blocked punt and four blocked field goals.


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