Bulls are the First to Offer Manatee WR

The Bulls coaching staff extended an early offer to Manatee WR Ace Sanders. Find out who else is recruiting Sanders, what type of wide-out he is and what his plans are for the spring. Only on USFNation.com!

One of the priorities of this year's class is landing a solid group of wide receivers. One of the early targets is Ace Sanders out of Manatee high school. The Hurricanes were full of stars with Brion Carnes, Eric Williams, & Ben Axon, but the 5-foot-9, 165 pound Sanders was the team's leading receiver. Since the season ended the multisport star has been keeping busy.

"Things are going good, I just got finished with basketball and now I'm running track, I compete in 4x100 relay, long jump and triple jump.

Last season the 5'9-165 pound receiver caught 27 catches for 517 yards with 7 touchdowns, carried the ball 6 times for 116 yards and a score and also threw a 38 yard touchdown pass. Ace also served as a returner for Manatee netting 7 punt returns for 87 yards and had 7 kick returns for 189 yards including a 99 yard score in the first game.

"I only had the one return for a score. After the first game they kicked it to the other side almost every time."

Since the season ended the recruiting interest has really picked up for the Manatee standout athlete, and schools are projecting him as a slot receiver and kick/punt returner.

"I've been getting a lot of mail every day, and my locker is getting full," said Ace. "Schools like; Duke, North Carolina, Rutgers, Florida State, Clemson, West Virginia, Nebraska, and the list keep going on, but that's who I get the most from."

The Bulls staff has been looking at Sanders all last season and made an early offer to the Manatee playmaker.

"USF offered me during the playoffs," said Sanders. "They were the first school to offer me, and that felt pretty good."

Even though it's early in the recruiting season, Sanders already has a short list of favorites from schools showing him interest.

"Right now I like Florida State, Duke, Wake Forest, Clemson and USF," said Ace. "I've always liked FSU, I like Duke, and I like USF, they're real close to home and I hear they treat you real well over there."

Coach Leavitt and staff have already received an early commitment from Sanders teammate QB Brion Carnes, and said Brion is always campaigning for the Bulls.

"Yeah we talk about it every day, and he wants me to go there, but I think I'll wait until the season," said Ace. "My coach told me it's better to wait and keep my options open until I'm ready."

Ace had a very productive junior campaign, but knows what he wants to do to get better.

"I want to work on getting bigger, gaining more weight and work on my zone blocking. I want to work on my speed, route running and all the little things."

There is one thing the hurricane star receiver doesn't want to do next year.

"Next year I don't want to be sitting home during the playoffs like last year. We want to get in the playoff hunt and compete for a title."

Right now Sanders is gearing up for a busy spring evaluation period with plans to go to a couple of camps and the combines this spring, and has already been to FSU's junior day, but wasn't able to attend USF's junior because of school. He does plan on participating on the Scout passing camp at USF next month.

"I'm really looking forward to the 7 on 7 tournament. Any chance for me to get on the football field gets me excited."

Sanders currently carries a 3.0 GPA and already took the ACT, but is waiting for the results and is set to take the SAT in April.

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