Lake Dallas 2020 quarterback/athlete Drew Sanders played both ways this past fall as only a freshman, debuting with a strong season at the Texas Class 5A level.
Now, Sanders has emerged as a Power Five-caliber recruit who could possibly play multiple positions at the next level. The 6-foot-5, 212-pound left-hander will definitely get attention as a quarterback, while possibly fitting the bill as a tight end or edge defender prospect for some schools because of his frame and athleticism.
"It's been great, an awesome experience having my dreams start to develop into reality," Sanders said, "but I am still a young high school player and I have a long time before I need to make a decision on where I want to go. Before that time comes I'm going to continue to work as hard as I can and be way better than I am right now and focus on being the best player for Lake Dallas I can be."
Sanders' high school coach told him to call the Oklahoma staff and that's how he found out about the offer from the Sooners. Assistant head coach/inside receivers coach Cale Gundy and assistant offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh recruit Sanders for OU.
"It's always been a dream school to go to," Sanders said. "Haven't visited there before but I can't wait to go. My grandma's side of the family were all from Oklahoma, and my dad grew up as an Oklahoma fan."
Sanders went through the same process to find out about his TCU offer. Offensive line coach Chris Thomsen recruits him for the Frogs. One of Sanders' Lake Dallas coaches -- Chris Hayes, who Sanders said the players call "Uncle Hayes" -- played at TCU.
"I have gotten to know the program pretty well from Uncle Hayes," Sanders said. "He's a good friend of the family and coaches at my school. He used to play DE at TCU back in the day. The first camp I went to in Texas was TCU."
Before living in Texas, Sanders lived in Oregon. His father served as head coach at Tigard High School near Portland.
That football pedigree should help Sanders as he grows as a player and a P5-caliber recruit.
"I am a hard worker and enjoy the grind and love the game," he said. "I have grown up my whole life around it, going to coaches meetings starting at the age of 5 when my dad was the head coach at Tigard High School. Football is all I have ever wanted to do."
What will Sanders continue to work on the remainder of this offseason as he prepares for his sophomore season?
"I am working on distributing the ball," Sanders said. "I have only been a quarterback for the past three years, two of which were in Oregon middle school football, which is different from Texas 5A football."
In his freshman season this past fall, Sanders accounted for 851 yards of offense and played both sides of the ball. He threw for 392 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions, while rushing for 438 yards and eight touchdowns on 5.7 yards per carry. He also caught two passes for 21 yards.
On defense, Sanders recorded 22 tackles, four tackles for loss, one fumble recovery, and one QB hurry.
Stick with Scout as we continue to monitor Sanders' development and recruitment.