One of the early trends we are seeing in the Missouri Tigers early recruiting efforts for the 2012 class is the focus on speed and playmakers.
Athens (TX) WR/CB Kendall Sanders, 6'1" 175lbs 4.4 forty time, fits the bill big time on both of those. So it comes as no surprise that the speedy athlete from Texas has added a verbal offer from the Missouri Tigers recently.
ShowMeMizzou.com spoke to Kendall about his offer and how his recruitment has gone to this point.
"Yes, sir. Missouri has offered me", said Sanders, "Coach Odom is their coach who is recruiting me".
Sanders isn't very familiar with the Tigers as of yet, but he wants to find out more about them during the recruiting process.
"I haven't spent much time learning about them, but I will be considering them among the schools recruiting me. I'm going to go see the school and check things out hopefully. I would like to make a trip up this spring if possible," he said.
The super athletic playmaker has already made junior day visits to TCU and Oklahoma State, both schools he holds offers from. He also has received verbal offers from Texas Tech and Baylor as well as the Tigers. He is also hearing a lot from Oregon, Texas A&M, Arkansas and SMU.
He spoke highly of both junior day visits.
"Both visits were wonderful. All the coaches were great and down to earth. They treated me like a king, and I got to tour both places and see a lot", he said.
Sanders used his 4.4 forty speed and 40" vertical jump to rush for 1,060 yards with 13 score, and catch the ball for 780 yards and 10 more touchdowns. For good measure, he also recorded 48 tackles from his cornerback spot.
Despite most recruiting analysts seeing him as a lockdown cornerback prospect on the next level,I asked Kendall where he wanted to play and where most schools were recruiting him to play.
"I want to play receiver in college. I think I am better on offense and can make more plays there," said Sanders.
While he told me that distance might play a factor in his decision, Kendall Sanders did not have a timetable for when a decision might come. He also said that he would like to visit as many schools that he likes as possible.
Also a talented basketball player, Sanders has been shocked by all of his recent attention.
"I like it,but I was like, really surprised. It shows that hard work really pays off."