Zebrie Sanders, the 6-foot-6, 273 pound offensive tackle from Northmont High School in Clayton (Ohio), says he has approximately 20 scholarship offers already. Although he denies a leader, he favors Clemson, Michigan, Georgia, Florida and Louisville and all have offered.
Sanders also likes Ohio State, USC and Notre Dame, however, those three haven't offered yet. "I'm going to the USC camp this summer," Sanders said. "I'm really looking forward to it. I really want to see what it's like and I like what a prestigious program it is. They've had a great few years recently and have great tradition too.
"I talk with coach Brennan Carroll a lot and he's coming to my high school for spring practice. Ohio State and Notre Dame are also coming to see me this spring," said Sanders, Scout.com's No. 32 Midwest prospect. "Notre Dame said they really like me and want to see me in person before they offer."
Sanders already attended junior days at Notre Dame and Michigan. "Michigan is a great place all around," he said. "The facilities are great and I liked talking with head coach Lloyd Carr. He said they really need me and that I could be a great player for them one day."
The first school to offer Sanders was Georgia back in January. He says he grew up liking Georgia, because his mom is an alumnus. "I love the atmosphere at Georgia," Sanders said. "It's an electric place to play. I went to the Georgia Tech game and that was the loudest crowd I've ever seen. I also really love the campus. It's really big and a good college town."
Sanders says that the main things he's going to be looking at when choosing a school are location, prestige, tradition and depth chart. "I want to get away a little bit and live on my own," he said. "I want to live in a nice college town that has good fan support. This fall, I definitely plan on visiting Georgia, Florida and Clemson officially. I want to make my decision during my senior season."
Although he denies a leader, Sanders says that Georgia, Florida and Michigan are recruiting him the hardest. "I probably have the best relationship with those coaches," Sanders said. "They seem to really want me and I like the attention they are showing me. Florida told me that I'm one of the best linemen they've seen this year and they've been after me hard since they've offered."
Sanders was born in Columbia (S.C.) and grew up near the Gamecocks campus. "I lived there for about 10 years and most of my family is still there," he said. "So I've always kind of liked South Carolina and Clemson.
"Death Valley is a great place to play football and the atmosphere at Clemson is really nice," he said. "The people are really friendly and they have amazing fans. They really made me feel very comfortable and at home."
Sanders benches 305 pounds, squats 475 and has a 26-inch vertical jump. He also runs a 5.3 forty.
"I'm quick off the ball and am light-footed," he said. "I'm also really good at pass protection. We're really a passing team and we do a lot of pass pro, which is pretty unusual for high school. It definitely gives me an advantage, but I don't get to do a lot of run blocking and I need to work on that. Next season our coach says we are gonna run the ball more. I want to improve my hand placement and technique when blocking."
Sanders reports a 3.4 core GPA and a 1070 SAT and 23 ACT.