Sanders Is One To Watch This Offseason

American River S Robert Sanders (5-10, 172) is versatile defensive back prospect who is garnering looks from four-year programs...

"I've had a lot of schools contacting me and things have really picked up recently because a lot of coaches have been by our school to check out our players," Sanders told "The ones I have talked to are U-Mass, Colorado, Missouri and Cal Poly so far.

"Things should ramp up the next few weeks. My coaches said a lot of schools will be by to see us and hopefully that's when I will start seeing offers."

As a freshman for the Beavers last season, Sanders racked up 54 tackles, 4.5 tackles-for-loss, two fumble recoveries, and a team-leading six interceptions from his safety spot.

"I'm definitely more of a ball-hawk than anything," Sanders said. "I'm good at being around the ball and I have the talent to make plays on the ball when it's in the air. I'm aggressive when the ball goes up and I feel like it's my ball."

Two areas that Sanders is working on this offseason are becoming more cerebral and also getting bigger and stronger.

"I want to recognize things better and understand things more on what the offense is doing," Sanders said. "At my size, you can play and be physical, but it always helps to be bigger and stronger, so I definitely want to do that too."

Sanders prepped at Elk Grove (Ca.) High School and he chose to head to American River when he was unable to qualify.

"The program here is great," Sanders noted. "The coaches are great and they do a good job of getting you ready for the next level.

"The players and coaches here are all in and they want you to be successful at everything you do and excel on the field."

Sanders is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2015 football season.

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