Sanders Close to Deciding

Matt Sanders came into this past weekend a blip on GVSU's recruiting radar. He left as a priority. The versatile athlete from Farmington has a number of schools who have discovered what the Lakers did: that Sanders can play some football.

At the Division II level, recruiting is a little different. Players are able to be brought in and tested and run through drills rather than just visit the campus like FBS schools.

Farmington WR/DB Matt Sanders may have just used that format to his advantage on his recent visit to Grand Valley State, the first of his trips to prospective colleges.

"We was there and went through all the drills and testing," his father Brian Sanders told GVReport, "when [recruiting coordinator and defensive coordinator] Matt Mitchell sat us down at the end of the day, he said Matt had raised his stock substantially to the point where they were going to make a trip this week to present an offer to us."

Sanders had been to Allendale earlier in the season for the Lakers' homecoming game and both times, he has enjoyed his trips to the campus.

"He likes it, he likes everybody there. The coaches have been friendly, the players were nice and he liked the campus and everything was positive and needless to say, they have a great football reputation."

Mr. Sanders says the Lakers are the team to beat for his son's services right now, but first thing's first, he is going to take a couple more visits as he continues to field interest from several other schools.

"Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan have shown some interest. We are going to visit Saginaw Valley this weekend and supercede that with a trip to Robert Morris."

Sanders is being recruited by these schools mainly as a wideout, although he does have the ability to play safety in college and that versatility is attractive to his recruiters. But in the end, his decision will not come down to just football.

Academics is number one, I'm not sure he's going to play football for a living, although I'd love him to. He's a 3.7 student, he was 2 time all-state academic honorable mention and so academics is big. Also, just the right fit, whatever just feels right. Grand Valley is certainly the leading school, assuming they come through with an offer and I have no reason to believe they won't."

Sanders finished by saying Matt was likely to make a decision this weekend after his two final visits.

Check back with GVReport for updated information on Sanders and other Laker recruits.

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