Saunders reaching out to new places

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 to give us a brief update.

For the most part San Antonio (TX) Madison safety Tommie Saunders has been consistent in the schools that he would like to focus on. For the most part, Oklahoma, LSU and Oklahoma State have been the three schools that have been in the driver's seat for some time.

Now with the season getting ready to jump off, Saunders is anxious to get his senior year off to a good start.

"I have been working out a lot this summer. In a couple of weeks we have our Senior Leads program," Saunders said. "We (Madison seniors) help the underclassmen make the transition to high school practices. We basically coach them. Then the week after we have two-a-days."

And while this season is his primary focus, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Saunders seems to be taking somewhat of a new approach to recruiting.

"I still have my Top 3, but I want to see what's up with some other programs," Saunders said. "I am waiting to see to see what is going to happen with UCLA and USC."

With these California programs, he is waiting. With others, he is being a bit more provocative.

"I also want to check with programs like Texas and Texas A&M," Saunders said. "I am actually going to College Station with Nate (Askew) on the 16(August) to check in with the coaches and see if I have an offer and see what's up."

With all of this new interest expressed by Saunders, he also makes sure to keep things on the up and up with the schools that have already offered.

One in particular is the Oklahoma program, where he wants to keep the communications strong between him and the Sooner coaches.

"I talked to coach (Bobby Jack) Wright a couple of weeks ago," Saunders said. "We didn't really talk about much. I asked him a question about my offer. Everything is good, but I need to give a call again."

Saunders said that he looks to build stronger contacts with all of the coaching staffs who are recruiting him. Last season at Madison, Saunders recorded 94 tackles, four pass break-ups, and an interception.

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