Toledo and first year head coach, Jason Candle have made a priority to target Southeast Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Over the years, the Sunshine State has really treated the Rockets well, as they consistently gain commitments from players who come in and contribute right away.
On Saturday, two of the top recruits in the Tampa, Fla. area chose to give their verbal pledge to the Rockets. Wide receiver, Darius Corbett and athlete, Bentlee Sanders would become the fourteenth and fifteenth commits of a promising 2017 Class which now includes several three-star prospects.
"The first thing that stuck out about Toledo is that they were the first school to give me a chance," Sanders told us, "When they offered, they showed me mad love and kept showing me love throughout the process."
The Tampa Catholic High School prospect opted to make a decision with his teammate and good friend, Darius Corbett, who was also a major verbal commitment for the Rockets.
"Well the first thing both Darius and I did was make sure that it was the best fit for us an individual," Sanders continued, "And the coaches really stood out. They kept it real from the jump and that's what we like."
Over and over again, Toledo recruits continue to mention the coaching staff and first-year head coach, Jason Candle, who is really starting a Florida to Toledo pipeline.
"Coach Candle is a great dude, he's expecting a lot from Darius and I. I've only talked to Coach (Cory) Robinson and Coach (Marquel) Blackwell and they both were really pushing for me, too. So when I told them I wanted to commit they were hyped."
The five-foot-nine, 175-pound athlete has been projected as a cornerback at the next level, which is exactly where Toledo will use him, according to Sanders.
"They're recruiting me at cornerback," Sanders stated as he continued about what to watch out for once he gets on campus, "Toledo fans can really expect a player who is going to have that dog in him. I'll put my all into everything I do and have some swag with it."
Sanders, a current two-star by Scout, recorded 56 total tackles with 36 of them solo, three interceptions, five touchdowns, and 692 all-purpose yards as a threat on both sides of the ball.
Sanders says he will visit Toledo on July 29 and is looking forward to getting on campus. Watch out for the dangerous tandem out of Tampa, Florida.