As Expected, Sanders Picks Stanford

Standing at the podium with his mother, father (Barry Sanders), his head coach Andy Bogert, and more friends and family, Oklahoma City Heritage Hall standout running back Barry J. Sanders when asked where he would play his college football picked up the black cap with the "S" and said. "I'll be spending the next few years at the Farm."

Sanders used the nickname for the Stanford campus to announce he would be a Stanford Cardinal. He chose Stanford over Oklahoma State, Alabama, and Florida State.

The decision was geared toward the academic and athletic experience combined that exists at Stanford.

"I'll be playing with the greatest student-athletes in the world," added Sanders, who has worked hard in the past couple of months to improve his ACT score to match his GPA at Heritage Hall and make him eligible to go to Stanford.

It marks the end of a recruiting odyssey that started when Sanders burst on the scene as a freshman for the Chargers and immediately had an ESPN play of the day on a return in the playoffs.

Sanders best year was his sophomore season when he rushed for 1,707 yards and 22 touchdowns while Heritage Hall was in Class 2A. His junior season he struggled with a foot injury and missed the last half of the season rushing for 1,168 yards and 16 touchdowns on just 98 carries. This season he carried 141 times for 1,343 yards and 20 touchdowns. He scored a 12-yard touchdown in the first quarter for the West in the U.S. Army All-American Game.

Sanders grew up an Oklahoma State fan and dreamed of following in his father's footsteps but recently started to have different thoughts and migrated toward Stanford.

Oklahoma State has recently shown interest in several different running backs including Daniel Brooks of Calhoun High School in Port Lavaca, Texas. They also have Texas A&M commitment Trey Williams of State Champion Spring Dekaney scheduled to visit on Jan. 20.

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