- Kipp Adams, Reporter, RecruitingNation
An emerging talent in the Peach State has been busy this summer, camping all over the Southeast. The 2014 prospect was in Tallahassee for the Jimbo Fisher Camp and is hoping he impressed the coaching staff at Florida State. Carrollton (Ga.) High runs the Wing-T offense, which is no longer in use by most FBS programs since the shift to the spread and pro-style I-formation based offenses. But that has not kept programs like Florida State, Middle Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Alabama and Colorado State from showing interest in one of its offensive linemen, Jake Sanders.
The 6-foot-6, 320-pound rising junior has already camped at Tennessee, Colorado State and Kentucky. Sanders was at Alabama on Sunday and Monday, and at South Carolina last Tuesday. Sanders was invited to take in the spring game at Florida State, and the staff asked him to make a return visit for this week’s camp. He competed in Tallahassee during the morning session Thursday, and enjoyed the experience.
“I worked with Coach (Rick) Trickett and he is a great coach,” Sanders said. “There were a lot of 2013 commitments and 2013 and 2014 players with offers at the camp. Most chose not to work out but instead watched from the sidelines. Because there were so many offensive linemen, Coach Trickett divided us up.”
One four-star prospect impressed Sanders, who worked alongside many of the top recruits in attendance.
“He put me in his group with the guys they have already offered,” Sanders said. “Denver Kirkland (Miami/Booker T. Washington) was in my group with Coach Trickett, and for a big guy he could really move. I won both of my one-on-ones at guard. Coach Trickett said he likes the way for a big guy how I can get low.”
Sanders liked what he saw in Tallahassee.
“FSU is one of several schools that I went to football camp this summer which left me with a great impression,” Sanders said. “First of all there were a lot of people at Florida State. You cannot go to Florida State and not appreciate the outstanding sport facilities they have. I plan on majoring in pre-med in college so academics are very important to me.
His recruitment is still in the early stages, but for right now Sanders is focused on having a big junior season as he is part of one of the more successful teams in the state.
“An offer from FSU or any college would be great, and it is always nice to know somebody out there is looking at you,” Sanders said. “But for now my concentration is 100 percent on my high school football team the Carrollton Trojans. We lost in the state finals in 2010 and lost in the state quarterfinals in 2011. I am lucky to play for a team with such a great coaching staff and teammates.”