VERBAL: Beavs land high octane safety

A BYE WEEK still means plenty of activity for the OSU coaches including hitting the recruiting trail. OSU assistant Dave Ungerer was in Felton, Calif. last night, about 45 minutes out of San Jose and well off the beaten path, to watch a future Beaver. And the newest Beav shares his thoughts with BF.C including these nuggets: He verballed sight unseen, and he said OSU loves the way he flies around.

Zeke Sanders (6-1.5, 185, 4.48) has grown up an Oregon State fan -- he has family in the state and has followed the Beavs as long as he can remember.

So it didn't matter that he had never seen the school or been to Corvallis, he went black and orange last Sunday.

"I've been an Oregon State fan ever since I was a kid. The school, program and coaches are awesome. Everything was just pretty much a fit and where I wanted to be...I couldn't ask for a better place," said Sanders.

SANDERS IS PLANNING an unofficial visit for the Civil War, with his official visit to follow.

A two-way threat for Santa Cruz High, Sanders said he'll play defense at Oregon State.

"I'll be a safety," said Sanders. "I talked to coach (Mike) Riley and he said he loved the way I flew around and was able hit people..and that I was a ball hawk."

IN-SEASON STATS through seven games including last night have Sanders with appx. 60 tackles. He's also scored 13 touchdowns as a running back, with 613 hashes on 72 touches.

Sanders last night rushed for 132 yards on 13 carries with a pair of touchdowns.

ACCORDING TO the Mercury News, after Sanders went 86-yards to the house last night, Santa Cruz' coach turned to Ungerer and said, "Hey, you got yourself a good one." Ungerer reportedly gave him a thumbs up and smiled.

"He's an awesome guy, I'm really looking forward to him being able to coach me," said Sanders of Ungerer. "...It's pretty surreal, I watch these guys play on TV and I'm going to be out there playing for them, it's pretty crazy. But I'm up for it."

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