Gamecocks close to offering electric WR

With a plethora of tall, athletic wide receivers already on the roster, the Gamecocks are looking to sign a few game-breaking receivers in the 2009 recruiting class. Byrnes (Duncan, SC) electric playmaker Ricco Sanders fits in that mold, and South Carolina is close to extending an offer his way. Read inside for all the details.

Ricco Sanders, who measures in at 5'11" and 175 pounds, is a big play threat in the vaunted Byrnes offense, and he has been timed running as low as 4.36 seconds in the forty yard dash. College coaches around the country have taken notice, and Sanders has already racked up an impressive list of offers.

"Recruiting has been going great. I've got offers from Georgia, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, and Kansas," said Sanders.

Another school that is close to offer Sanders is South Carolina, and the explosive receiver is already very familiar with the home state Gamecocks after attending USC's junior day event last month.

"South Carolina is planning on offering me soon. Coach (Brad) Lawing has been writing me and telling me they're going to offer me. We just need to get in touch with each other," he said." "I was very impressed at their junior day. I like the new facilities they're building. We walked around and saw the different places at the school. I love their program and the offense that they run."

Clemson, the other major in-state program, has had a lot of success recruiting Byrnes in recent years, and Sanders said that the Tigers are coming after him hard.

"Clemson is pushing me pretty hard and telling me they want me to be their guy."

Sanders is admittedly more familiar with the in-state programs that are pursuing him, but he said that he doesn't have any favorites at this time.

"I don't really have any favorites. I'm going to wait it out."

Sanders stated that he isn't sure when he'll come to a final decision on his college choice, but he does know a couple of key factors that he'll look for in a school.

"I'll look at the depth chart and graduation percentages."

The Class of 2009 standout, who some project to be one of the top ten prospects in the Palmetto State this year, closed by describing what strengths he brings to the football field as a receiver.

"I'm a hard worker. I have good speed, and I can read coverages."

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