Zebrie Sanders, the 6-foot-6, 273 pound four-star offensive tackle from Northmont High School in Clayton, Ohio, has over 30 scholarship offers from schools all coast-to-coast. Coming from Ohio, most would think that the Buckeyes would be on the short-list of such a high quality recruit - but Jim Tressel already has three Scout.com five-star offensive line commitments.
"I'm not really looking at Ohio State," Sanders said. "I have so many other offers that I'm more interested in some of these other schools. I lived in South Carolina for like 10 years, so it's not like I was a big Ohio State fan growing up. Plus, I want to go out and be on my own. I don't want to stay close to home."
Sanders, ranked No. 34 in the Midwest by Scout.com, said he favors Georgia slightly over Florida and UCLA and those three lead solidly over Clemson and Michigan. All of his favorites have offered.
"I grew up watching Georgia because my mom went there," Sanders said. "They are recruiting me the most right now. I get texts from them regularly and I've been talking with coach Mark Richt a lot too."
The only camp that Sanders attended this summer was USC's Rising Stars camp in late June. While in Los Angeles, he decided to visit Westwood and check out UCLA as well.
"I got to meet with the coaches at UCLA and they took me around the school," he said. "I loved it. It was just L.A. The sun, the palm trees…it was beautiful, but it's also a great college town and their football facilities were really impressive.
"I'm more of a big city guy and just seeing the lights of L.A. at night was amazing," Sanders said. "They want me at left tackle and said that I could be a big part in helping them win the Pac-10 and becoming a national powerhouse again."
The only school in his top five that Sanders hasn't visited yet is Florida. He hopes to do so in the fall. "I like the coaches a lot," Sanders said. "They are great people and they won the national championship last year, which means they know how to win. I like their depth chart too and I believe I'd be able to contribute early."
The lone Midwest school in Sanders' top five is Michigan. "I've already been there like seven times," he said. "You can just feel the tradition there. It's a real tight school and they really go all out for game day. It's a great atmosphere for football."
He says the main factors in his decision will be academics, location, tradition, depth chart and comfort level. "If I get selected to the Army All-America game, I'll make my announcement there."
He reports a 3.4 core GPA, a 1070 SAT and a 23 ACT.