Woodland Hills Offense Clicks with Sanders

Woodland Hills running back Miles Sanders is already attracting the attention of college coaches as a sophomore. The young recruit's solid performance in the season opener against Upper St. Clair explains why ACC and Big Ten schools are taking notice early.

PITTSBURGH - Woodland Hills sophomore running back Miles Sanders is focused on maintaining his position as a starter for the Wolverines. Any major recruiting talks will have to wait until next season.

"Schools have been reaching out to me, but it's way too early to start thinking about recruiting, especially when schools can't give me any type of offer yet," said Sanders. "I've been in contact with Michigan, Temple, Toledo and Pittsburgh."

The 5-11, 163-pound Sanders let his actions on the field do the talking and had little to say after the home opener loss to Upper St. Clair, 16-10. Despite the No. 1 Woodland Hills falling to No. 2 Upper St. Clair for a second year in a row, Sanders proved to be a stand-out in the Wolverines offense.

Sanders rushed for 101 yards on 11 carries. His highlight play of the night was a 34-yard run in the first quarter, setting up the first touchdown of the night after breaking through tackles, a quick reverse and fighting his way down the left sideline. Sanders, however, was not satisfied with his and the team's performance.

"Harry Randall (Woodland Hills quarterback) and I did pretty well working together in the first game, but we could have been much better," said Sanders. "From now on our team needs to just take one game at a time. We still have eight games left to prove ourselves. I'm confident we can get back on track."

With a major focus on his next game against McKeesport, Sanders is quick to dismiss any college attention. It was only two days before last season's home opener against Upper St. Clair when Sanders received the news he would be starting at running back for Coach George Novak's Wolverines.

"I was surprised when I found out I would be starting last season," said Sanders. "Our starting running back transferred so I had to quickly master the offense. I knew I had to step up and play."

As a freshman, Sanders rushed for a team high of 738 yards on 129 carriers. With experience and speed on his side, Sanders is expected to lead Woodland Hills in rushing for a second season. The young recruit is quick to show off his skills on the field, but shy about the newfound attention for his talent at running back when asked about it away from the field.

"It's exciting to get any attention as a sophomore," said Sanders. "I didn't expect any of this to happen so fast. I didn't even expect to start last year to be honest."

Stay tuned to FOX Sports and Scout.com for the latest on Miles Sanders and his sophomore season.


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