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OSU insider in-depth: Tommie Saunders

by John Helsley Published: September 23, 2009

by Brandon Chatmon
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It’s a good time to take a closer look at some of the Oklahoma State commitments: Today, I decided to take a closer look at Tommie Saunders.

Here’s his vitals: Tommie Saunders, 6-1, 200, LB/DB, San Antonio (Texas) Madison 4.5 speed, 33 inch vertical, 305 bench, 405 squat

Future position: Saunders could line up at safety or linebacker for OSU. He’s ideal for OSU’s “star” back position.

Analysis: There’s not a lot of talk about Saunders when people discuss the top commitments of OSU’s 2010 class. But there should be. A look at Saunders on film shows a player with great closing speed, great hitting ability and exceptional talent. He is excellent in his pursuit of the football and arrives with an angry mindset. He has to be one of the hardest hitters in the Cowboys class. I could see him excelling at either position, linebacker or safety, but I could see him stepping into Andre Sexton’s spot in two or three years. The lone potential drawback I see is his ability in coverage but if he plays the “star” back spot, that’s not as big of a concern and I think he can hold his own against tight ends and even slot receivers at times. He is athletic enough to do that.

Bottom line: I would not be surprised to see him redshirt during his first year on campus. But I also wouldn’t be surprised to see him play his way out of a redshirt. If he redshirts, it will have more to do with OSU’s talent and depth than lack of ability to play immediately.

Here’s some youtube highlights of Saunders in action:

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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