Carson safety '99 percent' sure

Chet Sanders is a 6-2, 190-pound safety prospect from Carson, California, and Sanders took his first official visit to Seattle and the University of Washington this weekend and it blew away any expectations he may have thought about the Pac-10 school. Was it enough to make his commit?

"My season was pretty good," Sanders told Monday night. "I didn't play in the first few games of the season because I had a knee injury, but when I came back after five games I ended up with 45 tackles, and 6 interceptions, one for a touchdown. We won our last nine games and won the championship."

Chet runs a consistent 4.4-4.45 40, benches 285 and squats 415. He also has a 37-inch vertical leap to his credit.

"I love to hit and I have great hands. Those are my strengths," Chet said. Colleges are recruiting him as a free safety. "That position just fits me. I play cover well, but if they decide to run, I can fill the hole too. I can clean things up."

Chris Hemphill was his host this past weekend. "It was great, I loved everything," Sanders said of his visit to Seattle. "I thought it was going to be cold and wet, but it was real nice, kinda gloomy but cool. "It was different than Carson for sure. I wasn't worried about getting banged on, stuff like that. And my host showed me a great time."

Cornell Jackson is the coach that is recruiting Sanders for the Huskies. "They didn't have to tell me where I fit in, because I just felt it. Everything was just perfect," he said. "I liked how the city looked and how everything was. It was so nice out there. And going up the elevator going up to my room, people would talk to me, saying 'You're a recruit' and it was just nice.

"I want to go to school that has great academics and great football too. And that's what they did that probably most schools won't do, and that's talk all about academics. I liked that a whole lot. That's really going to play into my decision, how much I liked that."

One of the highlights of Chet's visit was going to the Space Needle. "I'm afraid of heights, but it was nice. When it started moving, I flipped out a little bit, but it was cool. I think I probably got over my fear of heights," he said with a little chuckle.

He also liked his time at the Metropolitan Grill. "We sat there for about two, two-and-a-half hours, just talking," said Sanders. "We had a great time. I ate about three-quarters of my steak (52-ounce porterhouse). Another recruit, Caesar (Rayford), he was chomping down on everything."

In the end, Chet rated his trip a '10'. Don't be surprised if the Huskies earn Sanders' commitment if things past muster with his family.

"I have a trip to Oregon (1/16) set up, but Coach (Jackson) is supposed to be coming out here to meet my Mom, and if everyting goes well, there's a 99 percent chance that I'm going to commit there and not go anywhere else," he said.

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