'In Love' with Oklahoma

Sooners Illustrated brings you an interview with yet another junior day attendee and this time around it is Zack Sanchez, wide receiver prospect out of Central HS in Keller (TX). Sanchez let it be known how he feels about the Sooners along with discussing how Travis Lewis stood out to him during the visit.

Central HS has only been around since 2003-2004 when it was only a freshman and sophomore class school. 2007 was the first year that Central finally had a four year graduating class. Since then it hasn't taken the Chargers long to produce division one talent on the football field like Sanchez.

The 6-foot-1 and 165-pound Zack Sanchez plays both wide receiver and cornerback for the Chargers and had one heck of a season last year finishing with 31-catches for 745-yards and 10-touchdowns. On the defensive side he made his presence known with 32-tackles, four-interceptions, six-pass deflections, a forced fumble and one-fumble recovery.

A couple weekends ago on January 30th Sanchez attended the Sooners second junior day. Sanchez talked about what stood out to him while on the visit.

"What I liked the most was when we got to talk to the players and talked to Travis Lewis a lot. He said a lot of good stuff about the school. Not only about I guess OU but about making your decisions about where you want to go," Sanchez explained.

While on the visit Sanchez was with wide receivers Coach Jay Norvell and the other receivers but says he still is not too sure where Oklahoma is recruiting him to play. According to Sanchez playing anywhere is fine with him just as long as he is a Sooner.

"I went with the receivers but I guess I'm kind of confused because Coach Venables is my recruiter and he's the defensive coordinator," Sanchez said. "So I don't know I mean I don't know if he wants me to play defense or offense. It doesn't matter to me to be honest just as long as I'm wearing a crimson jersey."

That last statement sounds a bit like a confession and that's just what it is.

"Yeah I've always been an OU fan," Sanchez clarified.

Sanchez says he wants to get out of the state of Texas but doesn't want to go too far from home so that his mom can still come watch him play on Saturdays.

"You always know that OU is one of the top schools every year and what not," Sanchez stated. "It's not too far from home. I don't want to stay in Texas but I don't want to be too far from home. Get to where my mom can still come watch me play. Going down there and seeing the campus and the state itself I mean I've never been there that was my first time there and it was amazing. Like how nice and It's kind of old and I like that. The layout and stuff of the campus is nice and the players. It's like family oriented and I like that."

Sanchez, who claims to run a 4.45 explained how he feels about OU as a whole now after the visit.

"I'm in love," Sanchez began. "Everything that I thought about it I think better about it now, just being up there around the atmosphere and stuff."

Baylor, Notre Dame, California, LSU and Nebraska have also taken notice of Sanchez who says he will be attending Baylor's junior day next Sunday on the 20th. He is being recruited at wide receiver as well as cornerback but says he doesn't care where he plays on the field.

"I really don't," Sanchez said when asked if he has a preference for corner or receiver. "People ask me that a lot. I just like playing football it doesn't matter to me just wherever my team needs me."

Along with Sanchez, Central also has another division one level prospect in Simon Goines, a massive offensive tackle prospect that according to Sanchez also has OU as his number one team.

"OU is both number one for us," Sanchez stated. "It's funny because we have been talking about this since freshman year about going to school together. Me and Simon are like big brother and little brother."

Stay tuned to Sooners Illustrated for more coverage on Sanchez.

-Greg Powers-

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