Recruiting: Cowboys Pick Up Saunders

Safety/hybrid linebacker prospect Tommie Saunders of San Antonio (Madison), Texas, was walking the campus and the football facilities at Texas A&M last Sunday looking to become an Aggie, but sometimes it doesn't work out the way you think it might.

"I was at Texas A&M, up there last Sunday," said the 6-1, 195-pound Saunders. "I was looking for them to offer me at A&M, but after I left without being offered I started thinking that I needed to go somewhere else."

Saunders, who received all-district honors last season after finishing with 94 tackles, four passes deflected, and an interception, has two teammates that he has been experiencing recruiting with. One, Kris Catlin is a standout linebacker that committed to Oklahoma State and the other is talented wide receiver Nate Askew that made an early pledge to Texas A&M.

The trio had traveled in the spring and summer to several schools including Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. Saunders has offers from the likes of Arizona, Florida State, LSU, OU, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas Tech, Houston, Missouri, and Minnesota.

"We had talked about going together, and had made those trips," said Saunders. "We were all ready but then after Kris committed and then Nate committed, that kind of messed it up."

Now getting close to the start of his senior season, Saunders has taken stock of his situation and on Wednesday night called Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy to tell him he was going to be a Cowboy.

"Yes sir, I committed to Oklahoma State," said Saunders. "I heard that they had a couple of commitments and they were down to two more spots on my position. They were just not going to have as many openings and I didn't want to wait.

"I think I can play early there and it is close to home. My mom really likes it, and I have a good relationship with the coaches and players there."

It was kind of surprising to hear from Saunders as he had confessed his interest in Texas A&M in several recruiting stories, and we had kind of stopped updating his situation. Meanwhile, Saunders mentioned that he had been kept up on Oklahoma State's recruiting from Kris Catlin's dad.

"They are looking at me as a safety or a star (linebacker)," said Saunders when asked about what position the Cowboys were recruiting him to play.

Saunders added that while school starts next Monday at Madison, football practice is well underway and going well. The Mavericks will open up with San Antonio O'Connor and they are a favorite in Class 5A to be in contention for the state title.

Finally, with the interest in Texas A&M for so long, we asked Saunders if this was a firm commitment. "I'm solid, I'm good," concluded Saunders.

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