After a standout freshman football season, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG running back and defensive back Trey Sanders committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide last spring. 10 months later he remains on board with Nick Saban and company although plenty of programs continue to push for a potential flip.
"It's still the place for me, I think," he said Sunday at The Opening Orlando. "I still call them every once in a while just to see how things are going up there. I plan on going back up there this weekend for the junior day.
"I always enjoy my experience when I go to 'Bama."
Miami (Fl) hosted the early Scout four-star athlete on Saturday and he picked up an offer from the in-state program.
"When I first went down, I didn't think they were gonna offer me," Sanders said. "But coach (Mark) Richt told me about his plan and I liked it and they got a pretty good thing going on down there. The plan is to build the program like the old U."
Alabama, Miami, Florida State, Georgia, Oregon and others see the 6-foot-1, 217-pound talent on either side of the football. Most lean towards running back but some feel he can be a safety or maybe even a linebacker down the line.
The rising-junior is open to any spot as long as he can contribute.
"Running back, some people still think safety, so I'm working at both spots," he said. "I'm still open to whatever."
Sanders is also taking a modern approach to the recruiting process despite his longstanding pledge to 'Bama.
"Everybody is still in it, I'm young so I still have time before I make a top group or anything like that," he said. "I'm still open to any options. Through the process, I've just thought about it and I'm going to keep my eyes open.
"They've got to feel like family and feel like the right place for me."
It's safe to say the focus is heavier with the IMG Ascenders looking to go undefeated in 2017 before any milestones in the recruiting process. Sanders says he has made strides both physically and otherwise since making the move to arguably the most talented football program in America.
"It's still a building program but we're ready," he said. "We want to play any program ready to step up and try to go undefeated again. I've grown better as a person."