Sanders' Next Visit Is To Florida State

Already a U.S. Army All-American and listed in so many of the preseason football magazines as a top recruiting prospect for the 2012 class, Barry J. Sanders is heading into the summer before his senior season at Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City. Sanders and top flight receiver Sterling Shepard and several other college prospects make the Chargers a prohibitive favorite to repeat as state champions.

Sanders was in the news last weekend as he showed up at Auburn for the "Big Cat Week" where the Tigers encourage all of their top prospects to come in for an unofficial visit and they hope the positive emotions will lead to some early summer commitments.

Sanders left uncommitted and, in fact, did not even add Auburn to his steady list of four finalist on schools.

"Auburn was all right," said Sanders. "It was good seeing Coach (Curtis) Luper (former OSU and current Auburn running backs coach) because I have known him for a long time because of my dad. They are building a lot of things after winning it all last season. It was just an all right visit."

The younger Sanders also accepted condolences on the passing of his grandfather, William Sanders. The father of Oklahoma State Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders, passed away on Thursday in Wichita, Kan., after fighting lymphoma.

"Yes, he had been battling it," said the younger Sanders. "It was his time. He had fought hard."

Sanders said he doesn't have a lot of plans for the summer. "I'm going to get to Florida State on the 20th (of June)," he said. "That is next and then after that I am pretty free the rest of the summer."

Sanders, who has rushed for 3,617 yards and 50 touchdowns in his career thus far, has had a wide range of scholarship offers for a long time but has been consistent with listing four schools – Alabama, Oklahoma State, Florida State, and UCLA – as his top four in the recruiting process.

He did add that Oklahoma State has been more aggressive in recruiting him since the Orange-White spring game which he attended.

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