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Barry J. Sanders expected to commit to Stanford

BARRY J. SANDERS — The Oklahoman has learned Barry J. Sanders, the high school football standout from Heritage Hall, is expected to commit to Stanford on Saturday at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. A source close to Sanders said they are “confident he will announce Stanford.”
BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, Modified: January 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm •  Published: January 5, 2012
But Sanders also has a quiet, laid-back demeanor. At Stanford, he would be able to go about his daily business in relative anonymity.

He knows that from experience; during one visit to Palo Alto, he had a quiet, uninterrupted lunch in the middle of campus with two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up Andrew Luck.

Academic requirements for athletes at Stanford are among the most stringent in Division I. Now that Sanders has met them, he’s ready to join the Cardinal’s football program, which is 23-3 in the last two seasons with two straight BCS bowl appearances.

Stanford’s prostyle scheme was more appealing to Sanders than Oklahoma State’s one-back offense, Bogert said last month. And although the Cardinal will return two-year starter Stepfan Taylor, Sanders could see playing time as a true freshman.

Sanders is said to be the only running back Stanford is recruiting.

OSU’s roster is deep at running back with current sophomores Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith and freshman Herschel Sims.

The Cowboys have no current running back commits in the Class of 2012, although five-star prospect Trey Williams, a Texas A&M commit from Spring, Texas, will reportedly visit Oklahoma State on Jan. 28.

As for Saturday’s game, Sanders said he expects to get no more than about 10 carries. But the biggest moment will certainly be when he is pulled away from the game to make his announcement.

Lots of college football prospects declare their commitments at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, so Sanders said while he knows his turn will come during the game, he doesn’t know when.

The game will be Saturday at noon, and will be televised nationally by NBC.

Sanders rushed for 1,343 yards and added 27 total touchdowns during his senior season at Heritage Hall. The Chargers lost 14-7 to Cascia Hall in the Class 3A semifinals, when Sanders was held out of the end zone from the 1-yard line with under a minute left.