Kendall Sanders Opens Up His Recruitment

Go Pokes and Scout has learned that Army All-American wide receiver Kendall Sanders has de-committed from Oklahoma State. But he is still considering the Cowboys, said Athens High School head coach Paul Essary. Sanders, who has not returned phone calls while rumors have swirled on his commitment status with Oklahoma State, apparently has had renewed interest from several schools, primarily Texas.

"Kendall first came to me this weekend and told me that he wasn't sure about his commitment," said Essary. "He said he wanted to make sure that he made the right decision and that he wanted to look at some other schools.

"He came in my office this morning and we called Coach (Mike) Gundy at Oklahoma State and I had Kendall talk to him," Essary said.

Sanders, who has been committed longer than any other player to the Cowboys in the 2012 class, first pledged last February after a junior day trip to Stillwater. He reportedly wavered this summer, but then solidified again when he and his father made a trip to the OSU campus.

"Kendall told me he is still considering Oklahoma State, and he is looking at six schools and is going to take some (official) visits," explained Essary of his All-State and U.S. Army All-American player.

"He said (Texas) Tech, OSU, Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, and TCU. Those are the six schools and he said he wants to make his commitment at the U.S. Army All-American game. He doesn't want to take a lot of time and wants to get it done before then."

After scoring a school-record 24 touchdowns as a junior, Sanders rushed for 818 yards and 15 touchdowns this season, while catching 34 passes for another 530 yards and five touchdowns.

The rumors for the past week have been that Texas had begun aggressively recruiting Sanders again. He was one of the few players in state that Texas really covet and were unable to get.

It would appear that the Texas interest either muddied the picture and caused Sanders to check around or that this could be a smoke screen for a switch to Texas at the U.S. Army game.

Sanders has not spoken with any reporters that we know of and he has not answered our calls the past two weeks. According to Coach Essary, we will all find out on Jan. 7.

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