Picking PSU Goes Smoothly for Sanders

The Pittsburgh Woodland Hills four-star back details why he pledged to the Lions Saturday morning.

It was important to Miles Sanders that he led the Class of 2016 at whatever school he picked. Penn State felt grabbing a commitment from the Pittsburgh Woodland Hills four-star running back was equally needed.

Both got what they desired Saturday morning, as Sanders kicked off the Lions’ Class of 2016 by verbally pledging to head coach James Franklin.

“It’s the school that I felt was right for me,” Sanders said. “I love it up here, and personally I think I could come up here and start as a true freshman. Every other school tells me the same stuff, but Penn State stood out.”

So what about the Lions was special to the 6-foot, 195-pounder?

“They tell you what they want to do instead of sugarcoat,” Sanders said. “Other schools want to wait to offer, me but they were the first to really offer me that I really liked.

“They actually describe me as a true running back. Just come up here and run the ball every single down.”

Sanders is the first WPIAL strike for former Monroeville, Pa., Gateway head coach and now Lion corners coach Terry Smith, but he wasn’t the only assistant making Sanders feels comfortable.

“They actually describe me as a true running back. Just come up here and run the ball every single down.”

Running backs coach Charles Huff did, too, and because of it, the Lions’ work to build a foothold in the Pittsburgh area is paying off.

“It’s a good relationship,” Sanders said of Huff. “He really thinks I should come here and be a hazard [for opposing defenses].

“What [Smith]’s trying to do is, if he can get the best Pennsylvania guys from the state, you can take over the state, and then all you have to do is get other players.”

The back hopes he can help the staff do that, both in and out of state. It’s why focusing on a leadership for the class now that his recruitment is over will be important, too.

“That was one of the most important things, to be the first one and lead the 2016 class,” he said. “And I love the education, and knowing I’m going to get my degree. That’s most important.”

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