Dealing with adversity is something one Missouri commitment is familiar with his senior season.
Alex Sanders, a tight end from Glendale High School in Springfield Missouri, missed the last part of his senior season when the talented athlete tore his ACL and his LCL.
Sanders has already had one surgery and is scheduled for one more next month, how is he approaching the injury.
"Actually my knee is doing great," Sanders told InsideMizzou.com. "Dr. Smith from Mizzou is my doctor; we will have one more surgery. They are telling me that I will be ready to go by this summer."
To make sure that his rehabilitation goes ahead of schedule, Sanders and his parents made another decision regarding his education.
"I'm graduating high school early and I will enroll in classes at Missouri on January 19th," Sanders said. "This will allow the training staff at Missouri to be in complete control of my rehabilitation work, to make sure I'm ready to for fall camp."
Sanders attended a summer team camp at Missouri this past summer; it didn't take long for the talented pass catcher to make a decision.
"I made my pledge to Missouri right after camp," Sanders said. "It was the right feel, my mom wanted me to stay close to home, and she loves Missouri."
Has Sanders grown any over the last few months?
"Right now I'm 6-foot-5, and weighing in at 220-pounds," Sanders said. "The last time I ran the forty I was timed at 4.6."
Sanders recently took his official visit to Missouri two weekends ago; the trip reconfirmed his commitment to the Tigers.
"I haven't waivered," Sanders said. "The visit was great; it was a lot of fun."
Sanders parents got a chance to meet the entire coaching staff and all three of the Sanders got a chance to tour the business school at Missouri.
"I love the Business school and its reputation," Sanders said. "That's what I plan on majoring in. The campus is great; the new dorms are really nice."
Sanders has been impressed with his future head coach Gary Pinkel.
"He is a great guy," Sanders said. "I wouldn't want anyone else as my head coach."