September 6, 2011

Sanders takes second trip to Oxford

Barry Sanders knows where he is going to take four of his five allotted official visits.

The four-star running back from Oklahoma City (Heritage Hall), Okla., might or might not take a fifth official visit. If he does, Ole Miss is hoping he'll take it in Oxford, where the Rebels are going to be in need of replenishing their soon-to-be-razor-thin stable of running backs.

Sanders made his second trip to Oxford Saturday for Ole Miss' season-opening, 14-13 loss to Brigham Young.

"It went very well. I talked to all of the coaches and went to the Grove before the game," Sanders said. "It was a good time. I got to see some familiar faces."

Sanders, the son of former Detroit Lions running back/Hall of Famer Barry Sanders, visited with Ole Miss wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt and tight end Jamal Mosley, among others.

Sanders got to know Mosley during Mosley's time at Oklahoma State. Mosley, a Memphis product, left Oklahoma State and eventually transferred to Northwest (Miss.) Community College before signing with Ole Miss.

"He loves the place," Sanders said. "He loves the coaches. He definitely knows he made the right decision. You can't go wrong with the atmosphere, the program and all that stuff."

The Rebels' loss to BYU accentuated their need for running backs, as seniors Brandon Bolden (ankle) and Enrique Davis (knee) were injured, exposing Ole Miss' lack of depth at the position.

"They definitely made it known they need quality backs, not only guys who can run the ball but guys who can make plays in the passing game," Sanders said.

Sanders said he plans to visit his top four schools _ Alabama, Oklahoma State, Stanford and Florida State _ this fall. He'll be in Palo Alto for the Cardinal's game against UCLA, in Tallahassee for the Seminoles' game against Oklahoma and in Tuscaloosa for the Crimson Tide's game against Tennessee. Sanders said he may visit Texas A&M for the Aggies' date against Oklahoma State. He will also make several trips to Stillwater, Okla., where his father won the Heisman Trophy during his stellar college career.

"I may make somebody else my fifth official," Sanders said. "They could make a late entry. Right now, I'm just enjoying the process."

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Sanders is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 1 prospect in Oklahoma and the No. 7 running back and No. 134 prospect nationally.

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