High School: Dayton(OH) Northmont
CAREER: Sanders got to see the good and bad side of recruiting during his senior season. A highly coveted prospect early in the process, interest in him waned when reports came out about his work ethic. That turned out to be good news for the Noles as he has lived up to his end of the bargain by starting 37 games in his first three years.
Sanders actually started the first game of his true freshmen season at LT before making the permanent move to RT(where he started the final 10). Sanders was brilliant in the bowl win over Wisconsin. The future was very bright.
The past two seasons have been up and down for Sanders due to inconsistency. He has had several terrific games, but also a few where he was not his best. That inconsistency has cost him some reps as he has been put on the bench for it. The good news is that he has always responded.
Sanders showed what his ceiling is in the bowl win vs. South Carolina where he graded out at 88%. Sanders has consistently been of the best linemen for knockdown blocks.
EXPECTATIONS: Sanders is in a very similar situation to Datko. He has taken his lumps as a young starter and this is the year it should pay-off for FSU.
He is firmly on the NFL draft radar, but needs to have a great season to improve his stock(projected 5-7 rounder today). He has been very durable throughout his career and FSU can hope that trend continues for one more year.
There is no reason that Sanders can not garner All-ACC type honors this year.
Overall: This is another home run for Coach Trickett on the recruiting trail. It is easy to look back now and see a 4-star recruit. That was not exactly the situation late in the process despite taking visits to UF, LSU, and Georgia. There were some serious questions at the time.
It is clear that he has benefited from Coach Trickett's hard-nosed tutelage. In fact, we would make a case that is exactly what he needed.
Like Datko, his career is already a success before his senior season. Should he put together a strong, consistent senior season he will not only help his draft stock, he will be a big part of this teams success.