Did RU offer Fla. WR?

Rutgers continues to hit Florida for speed, and one of the latest recruits recently was talking with the Scarlet Knights staff about an offer. He runs in the 4.4s, and has offers from several other BCS schools, including West Virginia. He also said he is interested in learning more about Rutgers, and plans to take an official visit to Rutgers in January. But did he get the Rutgers offer?

Manatee High of Brandeton (Fla.) receiver Ace Sanders is familiar with four of the final schools on his recruiting list, but he admits he needs to do a lot more research with the one making the hardest push lately.

He said Rutgers is recruiting him with vigor, and it makes sense since the Scarlet Knights offered the three-star Sanders a scholarship recently.

"Rutgers? I don't know too much about them,'' Sanders said. "They offered me about two weeks ago. I watch a lot of Big East games because those games come on in my area, so I watch them play. They seem to be doing pretty good. They throw the ball a lot.''

The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Sanders said West Virginia, South Carolina, South Florida and Florida are also on his list.

"Those will be my top choices,'' Sanders said. "Everybody but Florida (has offered). They call me every week. It's just a problem with them that they don't know how many players are leaving this year. They have to see how many scholarships they have, so you have to wait.''

And Sanders, who was clocked at 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash at his high school, is willing to sit tight because it fits well into his schedule.

Manatee (11-1) plays in the Class 5A regional semifinals Friday against Bayside (Palm Bay), and Sanders said the season could extend until the weekend of Dec .19. By then, most schools will be on winter break, so his trips will have to come in January.

"I'm looking for a school where I can make an impact as soon as I get there,'' Sanders said, "a school that is going to use me to the best of my ability and, of course, pass the ball. If it's a running school, I'll be out there blocking.''

Sanders plans on taking all five of his official visits, and is looking forward to one more than the others.

"I want to find out a little more about Rutgers,'' Sanders said. "The other schools, I know about them. I want to find out more about Rutgers.''

This season Sanders has 65 receptions for 759 yards and nine touchdowns. But when asked what he has done so well this season, his answer was interesting.

"This year I've blocked better,'' he said. "I've played more of a complete game this year, not just getting the ball. It's more blocking, going hard every play. My team looks at me for a lot of stuff because I'm a captain.''

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