Ace Sanders Blows Up in the Kick-off Classic

Ace Sanders was electric in Manatee's 49-33 win over the defending champs Plant in the kick-off classic Friday, proving he is one of the top WR's in the state. Watch our exclusive highlights video from the game, and post interview.

One of the Bulls top targets is Manatee receiver Ace Sanders, who is one of the most exciting prospects to watch in the state of Florida this year. When he gets the ball in his hands, he's just simply electric to watch.

"I'm very elusive and I feel like I can make a big play happen every time I touch the ball," says Sanders.

Sanders, (5'8-165) may not be the biggest receiver out there, but he made plenty of big plays as a junior, catching 29 passes for 578 yards with seven scores. He also had 116 yards rushing with a TD, and even threw for a score. Earning All-area. However, Manatee missed the play-offs last year and switched to a spread offense, and after watching them this spring and in the preseason opener, that bodes very well for Ace and the Hurricanes.

In Manatee's kick-off classic Ace was electric as always catching 7 passes for 188 yards and 3 touchdowns, helping to lead the Hurricane's to a 49-33 win over Plant, who has won 2 Class 4A state titles in 3 years.

"I was so proud of our team, they never gave up and fought back," said Sanders. "I was real proud of Brion too, he made a lot of plays with his arm and his legs. Anytime we need a score, he stepped up."

His first score took only 33 seconds. On the second play of the game Sanders caught a short pass from QB Brion Carnes took it for a 65-yard touchdown. It happened so quick I didn't even have time to get my camera out. The second score came with Manatee down 26-14 in the second quarter, when Carnes hit Ace for a 26-yard scoring strike to Ace in the back of the end zone to cut the score to 26-21.

Ace kicked off the second half scoring when he caught a pass from Carnes for a 32-yard TD and a 35-26 lead. Ace almost had a fourth TD when back-up QB/RB Mike Blakely connected with Sanders for a long gain to the 2-yard line.

"It was a big night for me," said Ace. "But I told them once you put the ball in the air and I'm anywhere around it, I'm going to go get it for them."

After this performance Ace Sander's stock should only rise. If you want to see for yourself then click here to

Ace has offers from schools like South Florida, Purdue, South Carolina, West Virginia, Indiana, Syracuse, Iowa and Iowa State. He doesn't have top five, but says he is talking often with several schools.

"I've been talking to Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and USF a lot," said Ace.

After the game Ace talks with USFNation about his performance and what's new on the recruiting front

Sanders did say that he's like to make a decision in the next 3-weeks, so stay tuned for more updates on Ace Sanders and the rest of the 2010 prospects.

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