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Stanford football recruiting: Barry J. Sanders' signs with the Cardinal a day after showing up in Orange

BARRY J. SANDERS — Wearing an Oklahoma State hat to a high school basketball game was the case of a kid doffing his favorite hat than a last-minute change of heart. The son of NFL and OSU great Barry Sanders has signed with Stanford.
BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, Published: February 1, 2012

Barry J. Sanders showed up to Tuesday night's Edmond Santa Fe vs. Putnam City North basketball game in an dingy old black Oklahoma State hat.

Sign of a last-minute change of heart?

Nope, just a kid wearing one of his favorite caps and honoring what remains one of his favorite teams.

Sanders, the Heritage Hall star running back and son of an OSU legend, was wearing a different hat when he signed a letter of intent with Stanford on Wednesday morning in his school's common area.

“I knew (wearing the OSU hat) would cause somebody to look,” Sanders said with a laugh.

Sanders, one of the most highly-sought recruits in the state, announced he would play his college football at Stanford at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 7. He chose the Cardinal over Alabama, Florida State and OSU.

Wednesday morning, he made it official.

“It's very exciting,” Sanders said. “I've been waiting for this moment for a while now, but I know this is just the beginning.”

His college choice caused some heartbreak among Cowboys fans, who dreamed of another Sanders running with the ball in orange.

Barry Sanders won the 1988 Heisman Trophy at OSU before going on to one of the greatest careers in NFL history with the Detroit Lions.

The younger Sanders said the feedback from OSU fans has been overwhelmingly positive.

“They'll always be part of my family,” Sanders said. “I appreciate all of them.

“My father doing what he did there, and my relationship with the players and coaches, I'll always be close and always have them in mind. As long as we're not playing them, I'll be rooting for them.”

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