July 27, 2009

Rivals100 receiver gets quality time in Oxford

Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt wanted to see Vincent Sanders on Saturday at the Rebels' senior football camp.

Sanders arrived, wearing a blue shirt, shorts and white tennis shoes. He never ran a single route or caught a ball. He didn't have to. The Rivals100 wide receiver from Macon (Noxubee County), Miss., has shown Ole Miss' coaches what he can do plenty of times before.

Saturday presented Nutt and the Rebels an opportunity to leave an impression on Sanders, not the other way around.

"It went pretty good," said Sanders, a four-star wide prospect ranked No. 100 in the nation by Rivals.com. "I talked to Coach Nutt. He was telling me about SEC Media Days and how crazy it was.

"Coach Nutt wanted me to hang around him all day. He wanted me to check out two quarterbacks he really liked. (Ole Miss wide receivers) Coach (Ron) Dickerson and I talked a lot and (Ole Miss running backs) Coach (Derrick) Nix and I talked a lot. I was impressed with a lot of the quarterbacks they had."

Sanders' trip to Oxford came on the heels of a Friday evening visit to Mississippi State.

"In Starkville, I talked to (Mississippi State) Coach (Dan) Mullen, but I really talked to their players all day," Sanders said. "I was playing video games. I kind of felt good in both places."

Sanders, who has offers from both of the Mississippi schools, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas Tech, Tennessee and others, said he's still far from a decision.

"Still nothing has changed," Sanders said. "I feel the same way about everything. I have to go visit Alabama on Aug. 1. I'm still going to weigh all my options."

During one-on-one drills inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday afternoon, Sanders spent a good bit of time talking with Robert Johnson, a four-star wide receiver from Hattiesburg, Miss., who has also been a long-time Ole Miss target. Might the duo one day become teammates?

"We talked for a pretty good while," Sanders said. "We talked about how recruiting was going and the schools that are interested in us. I kind of feel like he likes Ole Miss. I'm not too sure, but that's what it feels like. …I can see us playing with each other. We're good receivers, and I think I could play with him."

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