Corey Sanders talks Army

It was the offer he had been waiting for. Corey Sanders said going to West Point has been a "dream of mine since the 7th grade." The 6-foot-4, 215-pound outside linebacker out of The Woodlands High School in the Houston area was offered after a visit from Coach Javon DeWitt in the spring.

"About halfway through spring ball Coach DeWitt came to watch a practice," Sanders told "A couple of weeks ago a talked with Coach Spencer about where I see myself next year, the possibility of going [to West Point], and the admissions process. All of this contact with the coaches has been great. About a month ago a received a letter from Coach Spencer stating that I was offered and I called him right away to confirm.

"The offer was at outside linebacker. Coach DeWitt said he was clearly impressed with my length and speed. He said that's the combination they look for in their outside linebackers. He also like the relentless level at which I play.

"I took a tour of West Point a couple of years ago and it's been a dream school for me. I'm happy for the opportunity they're presenting me and they're definitely my number one school right now. I've always had a strong desire to serve in the Army and West Point offers the best platform in the nation to do that. I'll be going up there this weekend to workout and meet more of the coaches."

Sanders has other offers from Air Force, Lamar, and Texas State and is also being recruited by Duke, Navy, and Utah. He said he would like to have a decision made by the end of summer.

"Duke has been recruiting me heavily but said they are not in a position to offer presently," he said. "I've had my eyes on a possible offer for awhile so I may camp there. I'll probably camp at Utah as well. They have been showing a lot of interest. Coach O'Rourke from the Navy has come out to some of my scrimmages. I'll probably go to camp at Navy and Air Force too.

"I would really like to go to a military academy. I do want to serve. The academics at the military academics is outstanding. Going to a service academy has a tremendous affect on the individual person for the rest of the lives. With the football, they always have great athletes at every position. I've enjoyed watching the Army-Navy game and I've always pulled for Army every year."

Sanders' father played safety at Colorado School of Mines, an engineering school in Golden. He said he would like to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. Last season at The Woodlands, Sanders became a starter and was named Second-team All-State in Texas 5A. He said the Highlanders' defense will be "very explosive" this season after a 10-3 season in 2013. Top Stories