Fla. WR sets visits

Rutgers already offered the Florida speedster, and was trying to get him to visit this weekend. Find out if he is coming. Also, he reveals the dates and locations of his other visits as his schedule suddenly becomes tight because of a lack of time leading up to signing day. Learn what the player thinks about Rutgers, and what his weekend plans look like.

Manatee High of Bradenton, Fla., receiver Ace Sanders is playing in a Class 5A showdown tonight against the nation's No. 1-ranked team, St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale, so his full attention is there.

But there is also a lot of attention on his recruitment, and he broke the news he set three official visits.

He added he was asked to make a last-second official trip to Rutgers this weekend when Scarlet Knights cornerbacks coach Chris Hewitt was at the school, but the time crunch is making it difficult.

"They asked me Monday or Tuesday to come up Saturday after my game,'' Sanders said. "I probably won't be able to make it. I probably won't be going.''

The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Sanders, who is clocked at 4.43 in the 40-yard dash, was offered by Rutgers last month. He said he wants to make an official visit to Rutgers, but it may force him to re-arrange his schedule.

He set up visits to South Florida (Jan. 15), South Carolina (Jan. 22) and West Virginia (Jan. 29). That will take him up to signing day, which could cause some creative scheduling.

"I may try to change things up,'' Sanders said. "I'm also looking at doing a (mid-week) visit somewhere. I was trying to move some things around so I could visit Rutgers. I was looking at some of that. I want to do it.''

Sanders added he has friends that have been to Rutgers, and that is making him more eager to work in a visit.

"I want to go up and see what it's like,'' Sanders said. "I heard it was nice up there, but I haven't been able to get there.''

But tonight Sanders' focus is on reaching next weekend's championship, which is a tall task. A crowd of 10,000 is expected to watch Manatee (12-1) try to end St. Thomas Aquinas' (13-0) 37-game winning streak.

"We've got a good chance,'' Sanders said. "They're a very good team and they don't make a lot of mistakes. If it's athlete vs. athlete, we probably out-number them, but they don't make a lot of mistakes. They are very disciplined.''


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