With over 20 scholarship offers to his name and interest from various other high majors from coast to coast, keeping track of all of those suitors has become a little daunting for Northmont High (Clayton, Ohio) standout Zebrie Sanders. Recently, however, he lessened that burden when he made the decision to start making his list a little bit more manageable.
“I’ve started to tell some coaches that I’m not interested anymore,” Sanders said. “As a matter of fact, I told Notre Dame just today that I wasn’t interested anymore. The same thing Duke and some other schools as well. I am narrowing it down now and I’m definitely trying to make it a lot easier by around September of next (school) year.”
Earlier this month Sanders identified a few teams that pretty good shot at making the cut when he named a top three of Michigan, Florida, and Georgia. Not much has changed over the past few weeks, but he did indicate that one school was mistakenly left off of that top list.
“For the most part that’s right,” Sanders said regarding whether his top three was the same. “But I would actually say it’s a top four with Clemson in it. There’s not really a top three for me yet. I’m going to have to wait a little bit longer and see what I really want. Then I’ll make a few more cuts and see where I want to go.”
One aspect of each school that Sanders is keeping track of during the trimming process is their recruiting class success... and specifically how well they’re doing at the tackle position.
“I’m definitely paying attention to that,” he said. “I just want to have some place where I can compete for a starting spot. I definitely still want to have competition because that will only make me better, but I don’t want to go some place where the school already has two committed tackles. I don’t want to do that.”
When the Wolverines added a second tackle prospect to their class recently, Sanders made it a point to find out how he would still fit into the equation in Ann Arbor.
“I talked to them about Elliott Mealer,” Sanders said. “They said that he is a really good tackle, but when I talked to DeBord and Moeller they said he could play tackle OR guard. The thing is, they said that if I do commit to Michigan that I will play tackle and they could use him at left guard. If they don’t get another tackle, then he’ll play tackle. I guess what they’re trying to say is it depends on me.”
Sanders indicated that he will continue to monitor the commitments at all of the schools on his list, but has no plans of expediting his timetable.
“I’m definitely going to take (official) visits first,” he said. “Michigan has been one of my most frequent visits. I think I’ve been up there seven or eight times, and I’m definitely going to go there a couple of more times unofficially, but I’m not going to go there officially. I’ve seen pretty much everything they have to offer. I’m definitely going to try to check out some more games in the Big House. I’ll go to Florida and Clemson too.
“I’m definitely going have what college I’m going to figured out by December,” Sanders continued. “I’m going to tell the college that I want to go there, but I’m not going to announce it publicly until the U.S. Army All-American Bowl…if I get invited.”