Brandon Sanders Visits Marshall For G-W Game

Peachtree Ridge defensive back Brandon Sanders seems to be flying a little under the radar recruiting wise, but some schools are starting to take notice. Sanders traveled to Huntington, WV last weekend and talked to about his trip.

Brandon Sanders is just one of several talented prospects that will help make up the Peachtree Ridge secondary in 2007. Derrick Bryant and Cameron Demps are getting some major looks from several Division I schools. In fact, Demps has already picked up a couple of offers from Ole Miss and Virginia Tech. Meanwhile, Brandon Sanders is trying to get his name out there as well. He visited Clemson on April 14th and Marshall this past Saturday.

Sanders comments on schools he has visited so far.
Marshall - "I really liked the coaching staff" said Sanders. "I got along great with everybody there. I really like their coaching style, especially Coach Paul Nichols. He really made me feel welcome there. They said they would be at my spring practice in two weeks. They showed me around the campus and everything like that. Hopefully, by the way they were talking, I might get an offer at my practice. It was a great visit."
Clemson - "I wouldn't mind playing at Clemson, but I think Marshall is a better fit for me. I think I connected better with the Marshall coaching staff. I could see myself better at Marshall than I could at Clemson."

Which schools standout for Sanders? "I would have to say Marshall stands out right now," he said. "I like Clemson and Ole Miss. Those are probably my top three right now." At 5-foot-11.5, 190-pounds, Sanders is a tough competitor that loves to come up and make a big hit on the intended receiver. "I'm actually a pretty big corner at this level," Sanders said. "I'm able to get off the blocks very well. I'm very physical, especially for a corner. I think that is one of my strengths."

Sanders said he could be playing at corner and a little at free safety for Peachtree Ridge. The Lions, who won a share of the Class 5A State championship last season, will have a new Head Coach in 2007. "I really like Coach (Bill) Ballard," said Sanders. "I really miss Coach (Blair) Armstrong, but I think Coach Ballard is the kind of coach we need. He's real laid back and he's a cool guy, but when it comes down to it, he's all business. He's all about trying to get you into college. He really tries to help you out. I really like him a lot." Previously, Coach Ballard coached four years at Tucker and compiled a 53-8 record.

Peachtree Ridge should be a team to watch in Class 5A once again next season. If you have any questions about Brandon Sanders or any other Peach State prospects, then please visit the The Georgia Varsity Sports Vent Premium Board moderated by John Marchant.

Also visiting Marshall this past weekend were Dalton (Ga.) High School quarterback Harrison Scott. 6-foot-2, 190-pounds, Scott has throw and rushed for 3,000 yards combined as a two-year starter. "They have really good facilities up there," Scott told John Marchant of "(Marshall has) a new weight room and it's probably the best I've seen so far. I've been to South Carolina, Tennessee and a few other places, but Marshall's weight room is probably the best I've seen. Their stadium was bigger than I thought it would be. It seats about 40,000. I like it alot. Their fan base was great. You could tell their fans really appreciate the Marshall team. It's just a good college town."

Also in for a visit was Rick Schmeig or Cincinnati's Colerain High School. Schmeig is 6-foot-4, 314-pounds and has interest from Northwestern, Maryland, North Carolina State and Marshall. "I feel my strength is my physical size," Schmeig told Dave Berk of "I'm a big guy and I can bench about 400-pounds. I need to work on my conditioning and get more aggressive." Berk also said in the article he thought Schmeig was the top offensive line prospect at the Cincinnati area combine and could play either tackle or guard.

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