February 13, 2009

State joins the mix for Sanders' signature

Noxubee County (Miss.) wide receiver/ safety Vincent Sanders was expecting an offer from Mississippi State.

The talented 6-foot-3, 182-pounder received his third Southeastern Conference offer last week when the Bulldogs joined the mix with Ole Miss and Alabama for his services in the 2010 class.

"I wasn't really surprised because I had talked to one of their coaches and he told me that they were going to offer me," Sanders said. "The only thing that surprised me was they sent it to me while I was at school."

Sanders received his first offer from Ole Miss and had the Rebels on top of his early list but his two latest offers seem to have evened things up, especially for the Bulldogs.

"That puts them right in there with Ole Miss and Alabama," Sanders said. "I'm going to give everybody a chance. I went to (Mississippi State's basketball) game (Wednesday) night and enjoyed myself."

Both Alabama and Ole Miss have offered Sanders as a wideout while the Bulldogs are recruiting him in the secondary at safety. Sanders stated that he does not have a preference on which position he would like to play at the next level.

"It wouldn't matter which position I play," Sanders said. "Just whichever one gets me on the field first."

Sanders also lined up under center at quarterback helping to lead the Tigers to a perfect 15-0 record and a MHSAA 4A State Championship. He passed for over 500 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior as well as hauling in over 300 yards and four more scores.

Sanders has been in contact with new Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen since his hire but has not heard from him lately.

"I talked to Coach Mullen right after he first got the job," Sanders said. "He came to the school and I talked to him but ever since then I haven't had a chance to."

Sanders is also a basketball standout for Noxubee County but recently injured his left foot and is currently in a walking boot and out of action.

"I didn't have to have surgery and the doctor told me it should heal by itself," Sanders said. "That's a good thing. I'm going back to the doctor on Feb. 19 so I will know how long I will be out then."

Despite his injury, Sanders is still going to try to make an appearance at junior day on Feb. 28.

"I'm still going to try to go to junior day even with my foot," Sanders said. "Nobody(at Mississippi State) even said anything about it when I was there (Wednesday) night. Ole Miss is having one at the same time as them but I don't know which one I am going to go to yet."

Even though he is not dressed out and playing, Sanders is still on the bench cheering on his teammates as they will go for a district tournament championship tonight against defending champion New Hope.

"It's painful for me," Sanders said. "I want to be out there with them. I know that we have the opportunity to win the district tournament championship so it's kind of hard just sitting out and watching them play."

Sanders is already making plans for the summer. He plans to camp at Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Alabama and mentioned that he received an invitation to a Nike camp.

Sanders stated that his grades were "good but could be better." He took the ACT for the first time last Saturday

"I'm hoping I did pretty good on it," Sanders said. "The reading part kind of surprised me because they only gave us 30 minutes on the read those long passages."

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