Clarence Sanders (Jr) talks about son's commitment
Parents have always been an important piece of the puzzle when one is trying to land a recruit, so we decided to get some insight from Clarence Sanders (Jr), the father of recent Ole Miss commit, Clarence Sanders.
The following information was revealed during our interview with Clarence Sanders' father:
Tell us a little about yourself. "Well, I have been married for 20 years. I have 4 children. I have a 21 year old girl. I have a 19 year old son, Clarence Sanders III. I also have a 8 year old girl and a 3 year old boy. I proclaim myself as a strong Christian. Our family goes to Church every Sunday. We live by the Lord and die by the Lord. I also come from a large family. We all have been raised the right way."
Tell us about your son, Clarence Sanders, as the person? "As a father, I am very pleased to have a son of his caliber. He prays, and I feel he is a good kid because of the structure we brought him up in. He has a strong mother and father to help him in any way that he needs help. We live in a poor town, Phenix (AL), but it is a good town to raise your kids. I introduced him to the game of basketball at the age of 8. And ever since then, he has been playing basketball religiously. He slept with a basketball in his bed. Sometimes, he would not take a bath because he would not let go of the ball (laugh). I am not kidding (laugh). The boy just loves the game. I am very proud of him. Clarence makes good grades, and his high school coach, Bobby Wright, has really a geat job with him. Clarence was the Ledger Inquirer's Player of the Year back to back years. That is the newspaper for Phenix (AL). Clarence was the leading scorer for Central Phenix throughout his years playing varsity basketball, which started in the 9th grade, and he holds many school records. He was also chosen to the MS/AL All-Star game and started in it. I think he scored 12 points. He did well."
Tell us what the Ole Miss fans can expect from Clarence? "What Ole Miss can expect is that slash to the basket and that 3 point threat. He is quick off his first dribble, very explosive. Ole Miss can expect 25 to 30 points a night. They can expect that. He is a great scorer. Always has been. And they can expect great leadership and someone who really loves the game. He cries when he loses, so I know he cares deeply for the game. But to his credit, he lets it go after each cry, and he is off to the next game. Clarence will also be good in the classroom too, but they are really going to love his shooting and ball handling skills."
Why did Clarence choose Ole Miss? "He called me a few weeks ago and told me that he really liked their head coach, Rod Barnes. He said that Coach Barnes was a lot like his old high school coach, Bobby Wright. Clarence says that Coach Barnes really cares for his people. And there was something about that hug that he gave Clarence while he was on his visit. He told me Saturday that when they hugged, he felt loved. You know how it feels when you hug the right person. That is how he felt. I know there is something in a hug. It is that comfort zone. That bond you feel. I am as pleased as I can be to o know that someone is going to look out for Clarence while he is away from home.. It is just a good feeling. When we both felt that way, it was time to commit. I have been talking to their coach for a while, and I prayed to God that Clarence would choose Ole Miss and he did. This has been a blessing for our family."
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