[Premium article] Antonio Sanders is another Memphis, Tennessee player that has come on strong this year and made Memphis one of the hot spots in the recruiting world. Although he wasn't that well known by the recruiting publications coming into this season, that has not stopped the college recruiters from taking notice of this outstanding student/athlete.

Antonio, a 6-4, 310-pound offensive lineman product of Fairley High School, has attracted the attention of college coaches throughout the mid-south area. According to Antonio, schools that are calling him include, "Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Memphis, and Louisville."

What is even more impressive is, according to Antonio, all of the schools that he mentioned have offered scholarships.

With so many scholarships already offered, Antonio is now experiencing the next step in the recruiting process: In-home visits from college coaches. Antonio told me that he has received one in-home visit and had another one set up at the time I called him. "Vanderbilt has visited," said Antonio, "and Memphis is supposed to visit Wednesday."

With so much recruiting activity going on, Antonio said he has still found the time to take one official visit and set up others. "I've gone to Arkansas," said Antonio. "Louisville has set one up for December 15th. I also have a visit lined up for January 4th with Mississippi State."

With one visit upcoming and, very likely, three more to go after that, Antonio mentioned to me that he is not leaning to any school this early in the recruiting process. He said, "I'm going to wait until I take my visits."

A very good student with an excellent ACT score, Antonio will now take his time talking to coaches and visiting schools. In Antonio's case, that is something he is looking forward to finishing, because as this young man who is going to major in Business Education in college told me, "I'm ready to go to school."

Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page (http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com), the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports on the internet. You can contact him by email at swindoll@genespage.com.

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