The battle between York and Boiling Springs this past Friday was honestly one of the best games we've seen in quite some time. The frenetic pace and back and forth scores made for an exciting brand of football. Visiting York came away with a 46-45 win on a field goal as time expired but there were prospects all over the field. One that really caught our eye was Boiling Springs wide receiver Mason Sanders. The 6'6 210 pound prospect made a bunch of nice grabs from quarterback Daniel Thompson and we caught up with Sanders on Saturday to talk about his recruitment and more.
On Saturday after the heartbreaking loss to York Sanders was already en route to visit a college he said.
"I'm actually on the way to Appalachian State right now to see a game. They invited me up here for a game."
Last year was a breakout season for Sanders as he had a terrific junior campaign. Despite his success the big wide receiver prospect says the recruiting process has been a struggle thus far.
"I had 60 catches for 850 yards and 8 touchdowns last year. I would like to hear from any schools at this point. I'm struggling with the recruiting process."
So far Sanders says he's heard from Appalachian State, Furman, The Citadel, and North Carolina. He also reports one offer from Stetson so far. He also informed us that almost every schools he's heard from thus far is recruiting him strictly as a wide receiver.
From what we saw on Friday night it seems many schools are missing out on the big skillful wide receiver target.
Unofficially we had Sanders with 8 catches on the night and 2 of those catches going for touchdowns. Using his size, length, and good hands Sanders was a matchup nightmare for the York secondary most of the night.
Although he's not a burner (reports a 4.69 40 yard dash time) Sanders knows how to find the openings of a defense and makes himself available to his quarterback rather nicely. Soft hands and some quite a bit of yards after catch were on display on Friday night.
Sanders made no bones about what he feels his bread and butter is and what areas he'd like to improve at wide receiver currently.
"I'd say my size, good route running, and good hands are my biggest strengths right now. I'd like to get better with my speed and yards after catch."
The 6'6 wideout says Friday night's game was one of his top games but wouldn't say it was his best. Asked to compare his style of play and skill set to another player he says he gets a lot of comparisons to former South Carolina Gamecock and current Chicago Bear wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey.
With a 3.3 GPA and retaking the ACT to improve on his score of 20 to achieve a higher score Sanders appears to be in good shape academically. He talked about what he'll weigh heavily when choosing a potential college.
"I'd say education and location will play a role and I think having a good relationship with the coaches will play a big role as well."
"I would like to hear more form North Carolina, Appalachian State, and Furman. To be honest I'd like to hear from any schools who want to recruit me. I'm wide open to everybody."
SCPrepNation.com will have more updates with Mason Sanders moving forward and we'll also have game highlights of him in action against York so stay tuned.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...MASON SANDERS
Bench press: 235 pounds
Squat: 380 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.69 seconds