The offer sheet just keeps getting more and more impressive for Northmont High (Clayton, Ohio) offensive lineman Zebrie Sanders. The 6-6 270-pound youngster was extremely excited by the recent news that the Florida Gators had a scholarship with his name on it. Urban Meyer's program immediately jumped into his top group of contenders. A subsequent report identified Georgia as the other school sharing the place atop his list. According to Sanders, however, that list was one program short.
"Michigan is definitely in my top three along with Florida and Georgia," Sanders said. "Right behind them is Clemson and a few other schools. I haven't really narrowed it down all of the way yet, but I really like those three for sure."
The Maize & Blue has maintained a strong presence in Sanders' recruitment and has informed him that he is one of their top targets. Michigan offensive coordinator Mike DeBord has made no secret of the fact that he believes Sanders would quite likely be an early contributor for the Wolverines.
"Coach DeBord still says I would be first or second strong in my freshman year at Michigan if I came in prepared and ready to bring it," said Sanders. "They said that they can see from my tape that I was capable of starting right away. But I know that doesn't really mean anything if I don't come in prepared. If I went to Michigan, I would have to go in and earn that spot. I know that."
"Michigan hasn't been to my school since January," sanders continued, "but Coach DeBord said they will be getting down to see me pretty soon."
Sanders also indicated that representatives from another high profile program will be making their way to Ohio to see him in the near future as well.
"USC hasn't offered yet, but they'll be coming to Northmont to see me," he said. "I'll be going to their team camp this summer. I probably won't go to any others.
One conspicuous omission from Sanders' primary list of suitors continues to be Ohio State. The versatile lineman has maintained an interest in the in-state program, but as the days go by without much reciprocation, that interest steadily wanes.
"Ohio State is still recruiting me, but not very hard," Sanders admitted. "That's why they're not in my top three. The other schools are really recruiting me hard and I can see how I fit in at those places.."
Despite the anointing of his top three, Sanders has made it clear that there is still time for other programs, (like USC for instance), to make a move up his chart.
"I'm in no rush to make a decision," he said. "I'm definitely going to take official visits to my top three schools. I'll visit two others as well, but I'm not sure which ones yet. I'll make my decision after I take my officials."