Zebrie Sanders May Attend ND's Junior Day

Notre Dame doesn't have to look far to find one of the nation's best offensive tackles in the 2008 recruiting class. It's virtually a straight shot. Take the toll road east towards Dayton, go north 11 miles and there's Zebrie Sanders, the pride of Clayton, Ohio.

The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Zebrie Sanders will be one of the most sought after players in the country, and Notre Dame hopes the Northmont High standout makes the easy trip to South Bend for Junior Day at the end of January.

"Right now I'm waiting for an offer," Sanders said of Notre Dame. He reported offers from Miami and Georgia already. "I am really interested in them. I was invited to their junior day, and I plan on going there if it fits my schedule.

"They are high on my list right now."

Sanders said his list also includes Ohio State, USC, Georgia and Clemson. Georgia Tech and Iowa have hit Sanders with the most mail. Sanders also attended Michigan's first two home games last year.

Sanders has made a name for himself playing left tackle in Northmont's passing offense the last two seasons. Northmont has won five straight conference titles, and getting to the quarterback hasn't been any tougher than it is now for opponents.

"He is a big physical kid," Northmont head coach Lance Schneider stated. "He has very good feet and is very athletic for the size he has. They say he is a knee bender, a guy that plays low and gets his hips down. It's normally hard for big guys to get that low and bend like that."

"I think my pros are my quick feet, and then my pass protection feels, and my quickness off the ball and my hands," Sanders explained. "My cons are getting better at run blocking and getting under the defensive end a little bit better."

Sanders has made that trip on the toll road to South Bend before. Last summer he came in for a one-day camp.

"It was a nice campus," Sanders said. "I liked the library with the Touchdown Jesus, and I liked the cathedral and I liked the stadium, I thought it was real historic."

Sanders has also been to camps at Louisville and recently at the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio.

In Texas, Sanders did more than hold his own against the nation's best juniors.

"I think I did pretty good, I won against all my opponents in one-on-ones," Sanders said. "Those were pretty intense. I enjoyed all the activities."

At the Louisville camp last summer, Sanders said he ran a 5.4 40-yard dash. His max bench press he says is 280 pounds, and that he can squat 500 pounds. His GPA is 3.52, and he will be taking the ACT in February, and the SAT in March.

While Sanders shows superb quickness and instincts, he could obviously get a little stronger.

"He is still a kid that has a lot of physical maturing to do," Schneider said. "If you look at him, he's still a baby face. His shoulders are broad. I think he is really going to develop up top. He is going to be 300 pounds easy and not have any fat on him."

While the mail has been coming in at a fast pace, Sanders will be in no hurry to make a college decision.

"I'm probably going to wait until my senior signing day," he said.

Maybe he'll be signing on a Notre Dame letter of intent.

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