Flying Under The Recruiting Radar

Vestavia Hills (AL) High School Steven Sanders is a dual-sport athlete who has been focusing all of his summer workouts on football. He did no summer baseball workouts, nor did he play on a summer travel baseball team. Due to that, no college baseball coaches got the chance to see him in the competitive summer baseball circuit.

"I didn't play any summer baseball because I had football work all summer," said the 6-0, 185-pounder who, in addition to a curveball and a cutter, throws a fastball that consistently hits in the mid-80s, topping out at 87.

Despite the lack of exposure, a few teams have still taken note of Steven.

"Auburn has sent me some letters," said Steven Sanders. "Central Alabama (Community College) probably calls me about once every two weeks. Shelton State (Community College) has also sent some letters. Mississippi State has sent some correspondence, too. I went to two camps over there."

Another school that has shown attention in him is Middle Tennessee State University. And he recently visited them.

"I unofficially visited Middle Tennessee State when they played Mississippi State," said Steve. "It went pretty well. I liked the stadium. I got to talk to the coaches. They are recruiting me as a pitcher I think. They haven't seen me pitched yet but I believe they are going to watch me pitch in March."

He's also considering another visit in the near future.

"Central Alabama has contacted me about coming in for a visit," said Steven. "They are recruiting me as an outfielder."

As of now, no school has the upper hand with Steven as far as recruiting is concerned.

"I don't have any favorites right now," said Steven.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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