For those in Cowboy Nation hoping for another/the next Barry Sanders to bring his ankle-breaking abilities to Stillwater someday, there’s some good news this morning as a high schooler with a direct genetic link to Barry v1.0 has the school residing on his short for-the-moment list.
Of course, he’s still two years away from hitting a college football field and all the schools that are in the recruiting mix are at the mercy of the changing whims of a teenager, but still, there’s a chance. A chance at a player whose DNA apparently did not stray far from that of his father’s.
Speaking to OkBlitz.com, Barry Sanders Jr., one of the top high school running backs in the Class of 2012, said he is currently focused on four schools amongst the multitudes who have offered him scholarships. His father’s alma mater Oklahoma State is one of them, obviously, as well as defending national champion Alabama, UCLA and Florida State. He’s also received offers from Auburn, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Texas A&M among others.
When it comes to following in his famous father’s collegiate footsteps or striking out on his own path, though, the younger Sanders is getting no pressure from his family to go either way.
“I haven’t really felt much pressure, because my family hasn’t really been pressuring me,” he said. “I think that when people start feeling the pressure, it’s because it’s coming from the family and the people you’re around. But nobody I’m really close with has been pressuring me into it, so I feel like I can go anywhere I want to.”
Sanders will be in Dallas for the Oklahoma-Texas rivalry game, and also intends to take in the Alabama-Ole Miss game Oct. 16. It appears that Nick Saban and the Tide are putting a very hard sell on Sanders, impressing upon the young man the success of their running backs of late.
“He told me they get a lot of television exposure, and how Ingram winning the Heisman has a lot to do with it, and how their last four freshmen running backs and have gotten some solid playing time,” Sanders said of a conversation with Saban. “That’s very good to hear when you want to play early and make a contribution to the team. He said Tuscaloosa is a great place, and I look forward to going down there to visit.”
Sanders has no timetable for giving a verbal commitment.