Zebrie Sanders, the 6-foot-6, 273 pound three-star offensive tackle from Northmont High School in Clayton, Ohio, has scheduled official visits to Florida and Georgia and say those two, along with UCLA, are his favorite three options.
He goes on his first official visit this weekend (Sept. 8) to Georgia. "I like how they are looking this year," Sanders said. "I got a call from (head) coach Mark Richt before their game last weekend and that was a real honor. I was surprised that he'd be thinking about recruiting when he was already in game mode. We talked for a few minutes and he just told me what to expect when I go on my visit and how awesome the atmosphere is going to be."
Although Sanders denies a leader, he did grow up following Georgia and his mom is a 'Dawg.
On Sept. 15, Sanders heads to Gainesville for his Florida official visit. "I love their history and tradition," he said. "They play the best people out there and give freshman a chance to compete.
"I actually had my doubts about Florida's chances to repeat this year," Sanders said. "But I was really impressed with (quarterback) Tim Tebow and how the offense looked. I think they've got a shot to win it all again."
Sanders, ranked the No. 30 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, doesn't have an official visit scheduled with UCLA yet, but says he'd like to go for the Notre Dame game (Oct. 6) at the Rose Bowl. "I'm going to be talking to the coaches this week and see if we can set up a date," he said. "I just need to see what will fit with my schedule.
"I didn't get to see the UCLA/Stanford game, but I heard they looked pretty good and it seems like the offense did really well," he said. "I really like the academics at UCLA and all their alumni support. It's a great mix of football and academics. It's really one of the best programs in the country when it comes to both great football and great academics."
Although these three are the leaders, Sanders says he plans on taking all five official visits. "I'm still considering South Carolina, Michigan, Clemson and the others," he said. "I want to take all five trips, but the only three I know that I'll visit for sure are Florida, Georgia and UCLA.
"I want to see what each school is like during game day and see how comfortable I am and how I fit in," he said. "I also want to see how the coaches act during the pressure of a game and what they are like and how they interact with the players."
Sanders says he plans on making his decision during the season, but plans to keep it to himself. "I won't announce it until after our season is over," he said. "I don't want that to be a distraction or anything."
He reports a 3.4 core GPA, a 1070 SAT and a 23 ACT.