2010 defensive end has LSU offer

Craig Sanders

Craig Sanders (6-4, 240, 4.7) is quickly making a name for himself as one of the top recruits in Alabama's 2010 class. With offers from a number of top schools, the defensive end can also add the defending national champions to his list of possible college choices.

"Getting the LSU offer felt great," Sanders said. "It's an honor to be offered by a team like that. They won it all last year and are one of the top programs in the nation. I was just happy that they would take that look at me. I definitely want to get down there next summer for camp."


Some feel that Sanders may be the No. 1 prospect in Alabama for 2010.

As a sophomore, he was in on 67 tackles and 19 sacks from his defensive end spot, but he also spent time on the offensive side of the ball.


Playing fullback and some tight end, the versatile big man ran for 422 yards and two touchdowns on 49 rushes, and caught nine passes for 200 yards and five more scores.


With offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Florida State and Vanderbilt, the Ariton High standout says that he can barely keep up with the pace of it all.


"I even got an offer from Clemson earlier today," Sanders said. "It's just been a wild process so far. I am just now starting to look at what everyone has to offer.”


While looking at everything, Sanders will be researching a few things thoroughly.


“I would like to play early, but I also want to be somewhere that I can learn and succeed,” he said. “I don't necessarily have to jump right in. A good coaching staff is also really important. I like them to be a bit hardcore, but fun as well."


As for potential frontrunners, the Alabama-native points to two offers he received in person after camping over the summer.


"Coach [Nick] Saban offered me in person when I was there for camp this summer," Sanders said. "I follow Alabama a good bit since I grew up here and all.


"I also got an offer from coach [Urban] Meyer in person," Sanders added. "I grew up a big Florida fan, so it was really good to get that offer. I have always loved the program."


With the Tigers visiting Gainesville this weekend, Sanders said that his eyes will be on the Southeastern Conference showdown from start to finish.


"It's going to be an awesome game," he said. "Those are the last two national champions and two of the best teams in the country. It will definitely be a good one."


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