Darius Sanders Switches Sports

Long time hoopster Darius Sanders of Compton Centennial played football for the first time as a senior this year -- and now he's getting some serious looks in recruiting for football...

Darius Sanders, 6-5 SR PF, Compton (Calif.) Centennial, has been on many top recruiting lists for years when playing basketball for long-time power Compton Dominguez.

Because of his football-like physique, though, he's also heard for many years that he should try to play some football. So, this year, Sanders attempted it.

He had transferred from Dominguez to Lynwood in fall, and  played tight end and defensive end for Lynwood. Having not played football, he was very raw and still learning how to play, but his physical gifts and athleticism caught the eye of football coaching staffs up and down the west coast. 

He's now transferred again, this time to Compton Centennial, in time for basketball season, but the football coaches have trailed him to Centennial and are recruiting him seriously.

"It looks like I'm definitely going to take a football scholarship," Sanders said. "But I want to try to play basketball in college, too."

Sanders will officially visit Oregon this coming weekend, and Oregon State on January 18th.  Both schools have offered him a football scholarship and would love to have him walk on to the basketball team.

Sanders said, though, that if USC came calling, he'd probably commit to the Trojans. "I'd like to stay close," he said. "If they offered, I'd probably go there." USC has shown only limited interest for football so far.

Sanders said he has a 2.8 GPA and hasn't achieve a qualifying SAT score to date. He'll take the test again January 26th.

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