New team in play for Saunders

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated continues as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we take a look at safety Tommie Saunders from San Antonio Madison. He talked with SI about some new developments in his recruitment.

When it comes to what programs are in the best position to land one of the Lone Star State's best in San Antonio (TX) Madison safety Tommie Saunders, he has been quite clear on who is at the top.

But it seems as though that a teammate has tipped him on another program that he should also give some close attention to.

"Our running back, (Aaron Green-2011) has been up to USC a couple of times. He told me some things that are going on right now that I really like," Saunders said. "I'm feeling that and I want to see what's up. I hope to get and offer from them because if so, they (USC) will be right there. If I do, then it will be even between Oklahoma, LSU, and USC. That would clearly be my Top 3."

Aside from the schools at the top, programs like Ole Miss, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Houston, and Texas A&M are some of the offers he has in hand. Of course, there is a new school that has emerged and appears to be coming on strong.

"Minnesota just offered me. They are telling me that I am No. 1 on their recruiting board," Saunders said. "But OU and LSU are still at the top and you could say that I leaning towards them."

Back in late March when Saunders picked up the Sooner offer, it was one that caught him by surprise. Not long ago, spring football got started at Madison High School and there is no question that college coaches would come by to make the rounds.

So who showed up on the first day?

"On Monday for our first day of practice, the Oklahoma and Texas coaches came by to watch us," Saunders said. "Later that week, I talked with coach (Bobby Jack) Wright and he told me that I am at the top of their (OU) list as they are looking to add depth to the depth chart. He told me again that they do not plan to take a lot of safeties."

With that said and already one commit (Eddrick Loften) already pledged, does that in any way effect Saunders' time tables and when he plans to give his word, to some one?

""Not really. If the offer is not there when it is time for me to make my decision then I will just move on," Saunders said. "I'm looking to (hopefully) make my decision by the end of spring, or summer because I plan to visit OU and LSU, but do not plan to attend any camps."

Last season at Madison, Saunders had 94 tackles, four pass break-ups, and an interception.


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