Mining Montbello again?

Denver (CO) Montbello High School running back R.J. Sanders is a sleeper prospect who's recruiting is just starting to gain steam. Sanders (6'0/190/4.4) is known for his speed and his elusiveness.

"I see myself as a player who can do anything, like it's a God-given talent," he said.

He currently has no firm scholarship offers, but one school appears to be close to stepping up.

"Iowa State is really showing me a lot of interest," he said. "I think ISU will offer me soon."

Oregon and New Mexico State are also recruiting Sanders prominently.

Sanders is currently being recruited by ISU assistant coach Tony Alford.

"Coach Alford seems like a genuine good guy and very straightforward," Sanders said. "I really like him."

Sanders hasn't had the opportunity to talk to Iowa State Coach Dan McCarney yet. So what does R.J. like the most about Iowa State?

"I really like the Coaching Staff at ISU, and the city of Ames seems like a real great college town and they have my preferred major," he said.

Sanders has taken over the tailback position at Montbello that was vacated by Michael Houston last season. Houston is currently a Freshman for the Longhorns and has told R.J. some good things about the Texas program.

"Michael has told me a lot of great things about Texas," Sanders said. "He has told me about all of the great opportunities at UT and has had great things to say about the coaching staff."

What is Sanders looking for in a school?

"I want a school that has a good student body size, good school activities, and a good program," he said. "I also want a school that has my preferred major, Business Management."

Sanders is planning to attend one camp for sure this summer.

"I plan on attending the Iowa State Football Camp this summer," he said.

Last season, he rushed for 500 yards and six touchdowns. He benches 255 and squats 365, while also sporting a 36-inch vertical. He helped lead Montbello to an 8-3 record last season and a second round exit in the Colorado 5A State Playoffs to Columbine High School. Sanders is currently qualified with a 3.04 GPA and a score of 17 on the ACT. Former high school teammate Steve Johnson will enroll at ISU this fall after signing with the Cyclones in February.

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