Sanders Makes Surprise Visit To Auburn

A surprise visitor this weekend for Auburn's "Big Cat" Weekend was standout running back Barry J. Sanders of Oklahoma City (Heritage Hall), Okla. Big Cat weekend is an early summer event where Auburn prospects are strongly encouraged to come in for an unofficial visit and the Auburn staff goes to great lengths to attempt to get their top prospects to commit.

This weekend resulted in several commitments including highly regarded offensive tackle Shane Callahan out of Parker (Chaparral), Colo.

Sanders, who is one of the top prospects in the nation and Go Pokes number one prospect in Oklahoma, has unofficially visited Oklahoma State, Alabama, and Florida State. Now he adds Auburn to his list which was aided by the fact that former Oklahoma State running back and running backs coach Curtis Luper played behind Sanders' father Barry Sanders when they were both at OSU.

Sanders is pictured while at Auburn talking with the media and gave this quote to The Birmingham News: "It's definitely more relaxed just seeing some of the top guys going out there and busting a move and having a good time, smiles on their faces. This is something I'll remember and look forward to experiencing again," he said to the newspaper and apparently other media gathered.

Another Oklahoma State recruit that was there and appears was swayed toward Auburn was Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College wide receiver Cordarelle Patterson. The 6-4, 202-pound big wide receiver was in Stillwater recently but he was very impressed with Auburn, according to Auburn Scout site reporter Stephen Atkinson.

"It was good," Patterson said to "I didn't expect it to be all this good. I've been on visits to Georgia, Tennessee and Oklahoma State and they were good, but what they had at Auburn was better. It stood out to me. It was better.

"(It was) everything," he added. "All of the people I was around. It was like one big family. It was like some place that I like, need to be or something. Everything stood out. Every place we went there was something good about it. I didn't find anything bad about it.

"At first, Auburn wasn't on my top list," Patterson continued. "When I came here they jumped on my top so quick. I didn't expect it to be like that so fast."

When asked to clarify where Auburn was on his list of favorites and how close he might be to making a decision, Patterson stopped short of making a pledge.

"I don't want to say right now," he explained. "I know Georgia, Tennessee and Auburn are in there, and a couple of other schools. I could put them in my top three or top five."

Auburn's "Big Cat" weekend claimed to have been helped by some of their committed players in the 2012 class being there and helping in the recruiting process. One of those players was a quarterback Oklahoma State offered in Kentucky product Zeke Pike.

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