January 4, 2010
Sanders back from Cotton Bowl trip
Vincent Sanders rang in 2010 in Dallas, which not coincidentally, was the site of Ole Miss' final game of the season.
Sanders, a four-star wide receiver from Macon, Miss., attended the Rebels' AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic against No. 21 Oklahoma State at Cowboys Stadium in suburban Arlington, a game Ole Miss won, 21-7.
"I enjoyed it," Sanders said Sunday night. "It was a good game. It was kind of crazy."
Sanders was one of several Ole Miss targets who made the trip west to watch the Rebels' bowl game. Madison, Miss., defensive linemen Bryon Bennett and Carlton Martin, both of whom are committed to Ole Miss, were there as well. Sanders said he spoke to the Madison Central duo, but he said they never talked in depth about recruiting. He said he also didn't get a chance to visit with any Ole Miss players or coaches during his time in the Metroplex.
As for the game itself, Sanders said the Rebels' victory "really won't" have any impact on his eventual decision. Ole Miss struggled on offense, pulling starting quarterback Jevan Snead in the second quarter for redshirt freshman Nathan Stanley. Snead eventually re-entered the game in the third quarter and finished it.
"They have depth on their bench," Sanders said. "They have a chance to make something positive happen."
With the start of the signing period less than a month away (National Signing Day is Feb. 3), Sanders admitted that he's feeling the imminence of his much-awaited decision. However, he's not pressing things.
"I still haven't sat down and put full thought into everything," Sanders said, adding that while he plans to visit Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Florida State this month, "none are officially lined up."
Sanders insisted Sunday that he has no leader in his mind.
"It's just hard for me to say at this point," Sanders said. "It's still wide open. It might change when I take some official visits, but as of right now, I don't have a leader."
Sanders said Cameron Newton's decision to sign with Auburn and not Mississippi State won't necessarily hurt the Bulldogs' chances. However, he admitted the prospect of playing with Newton was one of the things that attracted him to Mississippi State.
"I'll just have to see who else they try to sign for the quarterback position," Sanders said.
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