Sanders and ND Heating Up

It was just letters and invitations at first. Mail postmarked from Notre Dame to Zebrie Sanders, letting the offensive tackle from Clayton, Ohio know they are interested. But a guy with as many offers as Sanders needs more than that. He needs something with substance. A few days before junior day, he got it.

Next thing Sanders knew, he was talking regularly with Irish assistant coach Corwin Brown.

Zebrie Sanders already holds scholarship offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Clemson, Miami, Georgia, Miami (Ohio), Cincinnati, Duke and Indiana. On top of that there are several schools contacting him with interest, including Notre Dame.

And that's what he's been wanting.

"I definitely like them," Sanders said. The Northmont High standout thinks an offer is coming soon. "They have always been one of my favorite schools."

One of the best players in the 2008 recruiting class, Sanders was in South Bend for a second time this past junior day, previously attending a combine last year.

"Coach Brown has been talking to me a lot, and they said they watched my tape and they enjoyed it, and they are going to do some further evaluation," Sanders said.

Brown then pulled Sanders aside at junior day.

"He told me all that Notre Dame offered if I did go there, and he told me he was going to get in contact with me after the junior day and try to get me down their for more events," Sanders said.

Events like spring football practice and the Blue-Gold game.

Sanders is anxious to make it back soon. He got a taste of the campus his first time through, but Sunday's recent junior day allowed him to get an extensive look.

"I got to see the grotto and everything else, and it was a great experience and I really enjoyed it," Sanders said.

"They let me see the game locker room, and it doesn't look like it's changed a bit since I watched the Rudy movie. Their facilities are very nice. They have state of the art facilities with football, and in their classrooms.

"If I don't make it there during the spring, I definitely plan to make it up there for a couple of games."

In no particular order, Sanders lists his favorites as Notre Dame, Michigan, USC, Georgia, Ohio State and Clemson. He reports a 500-pound squat, a 3.52 GPA, and a 5.4 40-yard dash.

Sanders has been making the rounds. On top of Notre Dame, he has visited Ohio State, Georgia and Michigan. He plans to check out South Carolina over spring break, and hit up USC's summer camp. So far, Sanders said Notre Dame is the most impressive campus he has seen.

Sanders has no plans to make a college decision until after his senior season.

If they want it, that gives Brown and the rest of the Irish coaches more time so show even more substance. Top Stories