Sanders ready for senior year

West Monroe's Luke Sanders is one of the hottest commodities in Louisiana and is eagerly anticipating the start of his senior season.<br><br>Between working out and taking unofficial visits, Sanders did not have much time to enjoy his summer break.

But the time was well spent according to the 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker.

"This summer I went to Auburn, LSU, Colorado and Texas A&M for some camps and we worked out in our summer program," Sanders told Tiger Rag. "We worked out three days a week and we ran on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It went real good."

Sanders said he is fully recovered from the torn ACL he suffered early last season and the latest strength and conditioning tests proved it.

"With weights and stuff, all of my maxis went up," he said. "We did 225 on the bench and I did it 26 times. On squats we do 350 as many times as you can, and I did that 23 times. On power cleans we do 250 and I did that 19 times."

Sanders has his pick of college scholarship offers to choose from but he is starting to trim his long list down.

"I'm still looking at LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn," he said. "I'm kind of interested in Colorado, Oklahoma, and some other SEC schools like Arkansas and Ole Miss. It's pretty close between LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn, but LSU and Texas A&M is probably the top two."

Texas A&M has a lot to offer Sanders and new Aggies' coach Dennis Franchione has made Sanders one of his top priorities for 2004.

"I've been there twice and met all of the coaches when I went there," said Sanders. "The tradition is great and the campus is so big. They take care of their players real well and the atmosphere in the town is all about football. It would be a good place to play four or five years of college football."

LSU has a big need for linebackers and that is something Sanders is considering.

"That is going to kind of sway the decision," he said. "Going somewhere you are needed more would be the obvious choice and that kind of puts LSU on top of the list probably."

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