Saine staying Focused

Ohio is loaded with top players at the running back position for the 2007 recruiting class. Brandon Saine, who may be the fastest player in the country, has quietly racked up an extremely impressive early offer list.

In addition to being a great running back, the Piqua High superstar is also considered as one of the best track performers in the entire nation.

"I recently won the 60-meter dash at an event in N.Y. (National Scholastic Indoor Championships) with a time of 6.79 seconds. I also ran the 55m in 5.33 seconds. It was crazy. I had never run against top national caliber talent like that," Saine explained.

Brandon Saine, who also recently captured the State Indoor Championship by running the 60m in 6.87 seconds, believes he brings more to the table than just speed.

"I would say that my speed is my strongest asset, but I am not scared to deliver a big hit. I love contact. I have a fast burst, but I want to also be known for my tackle breaking abilities."

At 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, the Ohio native has seen his offer list swell over the recent weeks.

"I have been getting a lot of offers lately. I am up to 14 offers. Right now, I have offers from Ohio State. Northwestern, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Nebraska, Maryland, Oregon, Stanford, Miami (OH) and Bowling Green," Saine reported.

Despite the fact many fans believe his recruitment will boil down to a traditional battle between Ohio State and Michigan, Saine contends that he is trying to keep an open mind to the recruiting process.

"I would say that I am open to all of the schools that have offered me. I really cannot separate any schools from the others at this point. I like the fact that Michigan and Ohio State are closer than some of the other schools."

"My first two offers were from Northwestern and Ohio State. They both offered on the same day, so it is hard to say who offered first, but it shows me that they were the schools that really wanted me," Saine said.

Saine, who has drawn comparisons to former Ohio speedsters like Charles Woodson and Ted Ginn, plans to make his final decision towards the end of the summer.

"I think I will try to decide before my senior season starts. I will probably try to take a few visits this summer and then decide after that. I do not have any plans for visits right now. I am mostly trying to concentrate on what is ahead of me in track."

As a junior, Saine rushed for over 1,300 yards and scored 21 touchdowns while adding an additional 600 all-purpose yards. He netted All-State, All-Conference, and Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors for his efforts on the field.

eDuck Top Stories