2nd Time a Charm for Mizzou & Gifted TX QB?
"They'll be up there in my top picks, pretty high," said Sanders, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound dual-threat prospect from Marlin, Tex., who is being recruited by MU, LSU, Baylor, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Houston and SMU. "I talk to [Alexander] once in a while. He tells me they're getting a whole lot better up there.
As a high school senior, Sanders was unstoppable, posting 2039 yards and 25 touchdowns with only one interception. He also rushed for 800 yards and 15 touchdowns for a 9-2 squad. He's been clocked at 4.34 seconds in the 40-yard dash and has a strong arm and great agility.
At the time of his commitment to Baylor, Marlin coach Jerry Malone told reporters: "Even though he'll just be a freshman, he's got an opportunity to go in there and challenge for the quarterback position this fall. He's got the athletic ability to go in there and play Division I football, and I think you'll see him playing in the NFL one day. He's got that kind of ability."
Because he'll enter college as a junior, he's also looking for early playing time, which would be available at Mizzou. And that's not the only thing MU has to offer.
"I really prefer the spread offense where I can do a lot of things," he said. "If I get the ball in my hands, I can make plays running or scrambling, or sitting back."
Sanders said he'll visit MU after his season is complete; he likely won't be making a decision until December. He said the MU staff has given him the feeling he has an offer on the way assuming all goes well in the classroom, which he doesn't see as an issue.
Going to junior college "was disappointing at first, because I had my mind set on going to Baylor. But I got over that. I've seen what I have to do, to get to the next level. It might have just opened more doors for me," he said.
Sanders, who was ranked the No. 26 safety in the country as a senior, is hoping to stay at quarterback. But he isn't completely opposed to the idea of playing elsewhere; he's certainly a good enough athlete to do so.
The MU staff "told me that even if it doesn't work out at quarterback for me, I can play somewhere else, like safety or wide receiver," he said.
With recruiting still in the back of his mind, he's been focusing on lifting weights, running and getting ready for what he expects to be a big season. Navarro has plenty of talent, including linemen who've transferred from Texas, Oklahoma and LSU. We'll keep you posted as his recruitment unfolds.
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