Heritage Hall junior running back Barry J. Sanders hasn't made any decisions on where he is going to college. But one coach went out of his way to make sure Sanders knows that he is wanted. Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Crimson Tide recruiting coordinator Curt Cignetti visited Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City on Wednesday. They wanted to reassure Sanders that the Tide are extremely interested. “It was cool of him to do that,” Sanders said. “He seemed nice, and he just said it would be great to have me.” Saban met with Sanders in the cafeteria area as part of a tour of the Heritage Hall campus. Sanders told The Oklahoman that Saban told him that he believes 'Bama running back Mark Ingram is going to forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft. Saban said Ingram, who won the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore, will make his decision Friday. But Ingram isn't the only quality runner in the Alabama backfield, and he most likely wouldn't be Sanders' potential competition. Sophomore Trent Richardson rushed for 700 yards and six touchdowns to complement 266 receiving yards and four scores this season. Saban asked about the status of Sanders' foot injury. Sanders had surgery on his right foot a few weeks ago. He suffered the injury in a Week 6 win against Newcastle last October. Sanders only played in one other game during the Chargers run to the state championship. “It's going to be at least a few more weeks,” said Sanders, the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Oklahoma State star Barry Sanders. “I'm hoping to start walking again in February, and then we'll see. I'm just going to follow the doctors' orders. If I can play baseball, I will.” Sanders listed Alabama among his four favorites from the schools that have offered an athletic scholarship. Oklahoma State, UCLA and Florida State are currently in the running. Sanders has not made any college visits recently. Sanders said he is hopes to get a chance to go to Alabama and Florida State for their respective junior days in the upcoming weeks. But Sanders isn't the only Heritage Hall recruit receiving heavy interest. Heritage Hall gave Saban a highlight film of junior all-around specialist Sterling Shepard. Shepard was among the best players in the state this season. The son of former Oklahoma star Derrick Shepard, Sterling received an offer from Oklahoma State in December. Heritage Hall defensive coordinator Mark Adams and strength and conditioning coach Chris Gfeller led Saban on the tour of the campus. Neither head coach Andy Bogert nor athletic director Rod Warner were present. “We didn't watch film or anything like that,” Adams said. “We didn't have time for anything of that nature.” From Oklahoma City, Saban flew to Springfield, Mo., to do a meet-and-greet with Hillcrest High wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, reported The Springfield News-Leader. Green-Beckham, a junior, is also one of the most coveted recruits for the class of 2012. Saban is making a few visits this week while en route to Dallas for the American Football Coaches Association Convention.