Barry Sanders Jr. To Choose College

Midlands Recruiting Reporter
Posted Jan 5, 2012

Where will Barry Sanders Jr. play next season? He says he's ready to announce his pick on Saturday during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"My four are Stanford, Florida State, Alabama, and Oklahoma State," Sanders said.

He has visited each school at least three times with the exception of Oklahoma State, which he has become very familiar with over the years. Sanders' father, former NFL running back Barry Sanders, attended Oklahoma State before playing 10 seasons with the Detroit Lions.

So what has the younger Sanders been looking for on his college visits?

"Just my feel of it," he said. "You know, I've gone to each place multiple times, and they all bring a different element. It just depends on what element I feel most comfortable in."

Sanders denied rumors that his top two schools are Stanford and Oklahoma State. The only comment he made about the two was that they put on an incredible show at the Fiesta Bowl on Monday night.

"What a game," he said, shaking his head.

It's no surprise the 5-foot-10, 190-pound running back has been a big target throughout Army Bowl Week.

"I know a couple guys from those four schools I'm looking at who are trying to persuade me, but it's all fun and games," Sanders said. "They know that most of us have our minds made up now and so, like I said, it's all fun."

Sanders said one of his favorite parts of this experience has been getting the opportunity to compete with some good friends and talented familiar faces.

"I know a lot of these guys from previous camps," he said. "I know Dorial Green-Beckham. I played him in 7-on-7 my junior year. Guys I've seen on a couple of visits, you know, Graham Shuler and Alex Carter— he's found me on Facebook. It's been fun hanging out with these guys and getting to know others."

Sanders can confidently say he feels sorry for the ball carriers on the East after squaring off with defensive standouts like the nation's No. 1 overall player and tackle Arik Armstead, defensive end Javonte Magee, and linebackers Royce Jenkins-Stone, Jabari Ruffin and Torshiro Davis throughout the week.

"We have a great group of guys," Sanders said. "It's been fun. We're ready."

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