It’s never too early to start building for the future. Over the years offers have been going out to recruits at younger and younger ages. Some kids have even started getting offers in elementary school. It’s absurd, but its the world of recruiting. You have to do what it takes to get a leg up. For some recruits though, no matter how young, they know where they want to go, and they don’t waste time in locking down that commitment. On Monday, Drew Sanders became one of those recruits. The 2020 athlete from Colleyville, TX committed to Oklahoma.
Extremely proud to announce my commitment to the Oklahoma Sooners! Thank you Coach Riley and Coach Gundy for the opportunity. Can't wait to be part of the Sooner Family! #BoomerSooner #OUDNA pic.twitter.com/ow0rf6L5kY
— Drew Sanders (@Drew_16Sanders) November 14, 2017
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Sanders is the second commitment for the Sooners 2020 class. Sanders joins fellow Texan Jase McClellan who committed to Oklahoma earlier this summer. Sanders is a four-star athlete and currently is ranked as the 56th best player in the nation, fifth best athlete in the nation, and seventh best player in Texas by 247sports. With this commitment the Oklahoma 2020 class is ranked first in the Big 12 and second in the entire country.
Sanders picked the Sooners over offers from Baylor, TCU, Georgia, Oregon, Tulsa, and Houston. While seven offers might seem low for a top 100 national talent, it would be good to remember that Sanders is still in the middle of his sophomore year of high school. There’s no doubt that over the next few years his offer list will continue to grow.
Sanders currently has the athlete designation for the position on his recruiting profile. He plays quarterback currently in high school, but will almost certainly move to a different position once arriving in Norman. With so much time before he graduates, breaking down his film and potential impact requires some projection.
Most of his current film is at quarterback, but projecting out a little bit I can actually see him thriving in a tight end/H-back role. He is already 6-foot-5 and pushing 220 pounds. The one thing on film that pops out is his straight line speed. His profile reports a 4.56 forty time, and the film seems to back that up. If he can keep that speed, and add some more weight then he would be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. If he stays on offense his ceiling comparison is Jace Amaro.
He does have some film on defense also though, and I can definitely see him playing as an outside linebacker or defensive end. He probably won’t be able to put on enough size to play as a strong side defensive end in the Big 12, but would do very well as a pass rush specialist in the mold of a Ogbonnia Okronkwo.