He originally had planned on attending Georgia Military this year, but decided to return to South Panola and get his diploma instead.
"I only need one credit, really, so I decided to come back to South Panola and graduate," said Sanford. "I'm taking two classes, an English class and a math class. They are full credit (courses) and will take both semesters. I'll graduate in May."
Not only does he have to graduate, but he also needs to increase his ACT score a few points. And he's already scheduled his next ACT test.
"I think I'm going to take my ACT in October," said Sanford.
As for recruiting, he's got two schools in mind with one a big leader over the other.
"I had two offers last year, (Mississippi) State and Ole Miss," said the 6-4, 205-pound Sanford, "but I really have my mind set on Mississippi State, though, if I can go there. All that I have to do is score high enough on my ACT and I'm there. They've told me that I have an offer if I score high enough."
And if he does get the opportunity to sign with MSU, when will he sign?
"It will be February when I sign," said Sanford.
It's not surprising that MSU is the leader since they were also his leader last year.
"I was leaning to Mississippi State last year," said Sanford. "We had about 5 or 6 players from South Panola that went to Ole Miss, but I told (MSU freshman) Derek (Pegues) that I was going to Mississippi State with him."
If all goes well academically, then it looks like he may very well get that chance.
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