Things Going Smoothly for Sanders

Pittsburgh, Pa., Woodland Hills back talks about a recent spring game visit and schools that have offered.

Pittsburgh Woodland Hills running back Miles Sanders is one of a few Pennsylvania sophomores who have already made their mark.

Sanders stands 6-foot, 195 pounds, and made his most recent visit to Penn State. The Nittany Lions aren't the only school recruiting him, though.

"Pittsburgh and Michigan offered last year, so those are like old," Sanders said. "Penn State was my most recent offer. They offered me last month."

A trio of Woodland Hills' prospects traveled to University Park to take in Penn State's Blue-White Game Saturday. Class of 2015 back Arthur Thompkins came along for the ride. Class of 2016 offensive lineman Amon Youngblood was in attendance, too.

It was the second time the Sanders was on the PSU campus. He also traveled to head coach James Franklin's first Junior Day in February on the invite of corners coach Terry Smith.

"I found out that there was a new staff in January, and then Coach Franklin and Coach Terry Smith both came to my school to visit me," Sanders said. "That was the first time I talked to all the coaches. I spoke with [running backs] Coach [Charles] Huff, and we already have a strong relationship."

Through the years, Penn State has not had much success recruiting Woodlands Hills. And in the last few cycles, the Lions have seen a drop-off in the talent flow coming in from the WPIAL.

But Sanders said he will be taking a serious look at Penn State, in part because of what he experienced Saturday.

"I like how the coaches are with the players," Sanders said. "They're real close with their players, and were real hype for the game. I liked that toughness they have, and the environment and fan base."

"Penn State would definitely be in my top three, or top two," he added.

Michigan has dipped into the WPIAL before, and is already paying attention to the Sanders. He ran for 641 yards and 10 scores last year, according to The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

"The only coach I really talked to was [Michigan offensive line] Coach [Darrell] Funk," Sanders said. "I've talked to [head] Coach [Brady] Hoke, though.

"Coach Funk was telling me how they are recruiting me. I'm planning on visiting there this summer because I don't know a lot about them."

Pittsburgh joins the two mentioned programs, plus Toledo and Temple, on the back's early offer sheet. So far, Sanders has had the most contact with Panthers' recruiting coordinator Dann Kabala.

Sanders knows plenty of former WPIAL standouts that dot Pittsburgh's roster, and has been to campus for a football game four times (Florida State, Duke, Notre Dame and Miami last fall), and a basketball game once this past winter when the Panthers hosted Duke.

"It's really good," Sanders said. "I know a lot of Woodland Hills players that go to Pittsburgh, and I'm really close to them.

"My relationship with their staff is really good, too," he added.


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