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Texas in the mix for Kendall Sanders

12/1/2011

AUSTIN, Texas -- U.S. Army All-American Kendall Sanders (Athens, Texas/Athens) recently became one of the top uncommitted wide receivers in the nation with his de-commitment from Oklahoma State earlier this week.

The Longhorns, in need of another receiver for their 2012 class, are one of the six schools he is still considering, according to Athens coach Paul Essary. The others are Texas Tech, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and TCU.

“There have been a lot of colleges interested in him like you would figure,” Essary said. “He has narrowed it down to his top six choices and those are basically the only ones he is talking with or having any type of communication with. He told me those are the only ones he is interested in at this time.”

Sanders, who had been committed to the Cowboys since February, is a four-star recruit and the No. 10 receiver in the country according to ESPNU. Essary said he has 4.3 40-yard dash speed and the type of work ethic one would hope to see in a star athlete.

“When we were in football season he would get to the field house an hour before work and get an extra workout in before anyone else would get there,” Essary said. “One game he was sick, came over to the game and came out of the stands at halftime when his fever broke and the doctor cleared him. He came out in the second half and rushed for two touchdowns and 220-something yards.”

Essary said that he believes Sanders de-committed from Oklahoma State because he wanted to make sure he was 100 percent certain on where he wants to go.

“It is just a real big decision for a young man,” Essary said. “He just wants to make sure that he is 100 percent certain that that’s where he wants to go. It is nothing against the college or the coach. He loved all of them. The only thing he told me is ‘Coach, it is a big decision and I just want to have a little more time to think about and reevaluate things just to make sure that’s where I am supposed to be.’”

In addition to his top six schools, Sanders also has offers from Arkansas, Michigan, Missouri and Notre Dame. He is expected to make his decision in early January, possibly at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 7. He’ll play in the game with Longhorns’ commitments Tim Cole (Brenham, Texas/Brenham) and Hassan Ridgeway (Mansfield, Texas/Mansfield).