As a native southerner, Clayton, Ohio offensive tackle Zebrie Sanders wasn't always keen on the idea of spending his college years in the northern climate. Recently, however, he started to warm up to the idea. Michigan's decision to offer the 6-6, 270-pounder caused him to re-think his priorities a bit. He got a more in depth look at exactly what the Wolverines have to offer when he made it up to their junior day last Saturday.
"I came up with my dad and we had a pretty good time," Sanders said. "We stayed for one half of the basketball game. He said he liked the facilities as much as I did."
The Michigan coaching staff used their face time with Sanders to reiterate to him just how prominently he could figure into the playing rotation early in his career if he came in prepared.
"I sat down and talked to Coach DeBord and then Coach Carr sat down next to me," Sanders recalled. "We all talked a little bit," Sanders recalled. Coach DeBord and Coach Moeller said that I'll have a chance to compete right off the bat if I did go there, but I'd have to be physically and mentally ready for that."
After the visit, Sanders was even more impressed with what the Wolverines have to offer. While he clearly isn't ready to name a favorite, it's apparent that Michigan is a school in a very strong position with him.
"They're definitely moving up now because of the facilities, the tradition that they have, and what they need in offensive linemen," he said. "I think I'd be a good fit there."
With his trip to Ann arbor now behind him, Sanders is mapping out plans to visit other campuses. Most of his future destinations are still up in the air due to the interest being shown by new programs seemingly every day.
"I've already been to Ohio State's junior day," Sanders said. "I don't know if I'll be going anywhere else (for junior day visits). I'm probably not going to do any of Nike camps or anything like that. I was actually just signing up for USC's football camp and now I'm going to try to go to Florida's camp as well. I'll start thinking about official visits when I trim my list down. I'll probably do that during my senior season. Right now I don't know who else is going to offer. Cincinnati just offered me this weekend, and so did Northwestern and Duke. I want to wait and see what others might fit before I cut my list down."
The recipient of a Michigan Signing Day offer, Sanders also has offers from Clemson, Georgia and and Miami.