Saunders Is One To Watch

Ohio recruiting analyst
Posted Apr 7, 2013
Bill Greene


One of the more unknown linebacker prospects in Ohio is Columbus DeSales product Griff Saunders. College recruiters are starting to take notice and he has made a few unofficial visits recently.

Griff Saunders might not be as well known as other 2014 Ohio linebackers, but the Columbus DeSales athlete is a player to watch going forward.

Saunders, 6-foot-2, 215-pounds, impressed as a junior last season, and he has both the size and speed to play at the next level.

"I started out playing offense and moved to defense after a few games," Saunders stated. "I felt that as the season went on I really progressed as a linebacker. I ended up having a great season."

"My strength was stopping the run," he added. "I'm working on dropping my hips into coverage, and not lunging at receivers. I want to be a more rounded linebacker this year and be able to play the run and the pass equally as well."

College recruiters are starting to notice Saunders, and he has taken a few unofficial visits.

"I visited Northwestern last week and loved it there," he explained. "They said they will be in my school to watch me work out in a few weeks, and they want to tape me going through drills. We've been communicating a lot, and I'd love to have that offer. I will be going back to camp next summer."

"Indiana and Cincinnati are showing interest, as are all the MAC schools," he continued. "Bowling Green said if they had seen me in camp last year they probably would have offered by now. All they want me to do is come in and run the forty and the shuttle. I've been timed at 4.61 electronic in the forty, and 4.21 in the shuttle, and they want to see it in person. I've also been to Kent State and like that staff a lot."



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