Oklahoma City--Rated a four-star prospect and the number seven running back in the nation by Scout.com, Barry Sanders, Jr. is probably the most well-known of the class of 2012 prospects because of his on the field performance combined with the fact that his father was one of the greatest running backs in college and NFL history.
His status as a recruit has meant Sanders has been able to take trips across the country to check out colleges that have offered scholarships. Over the weekend Sanders took a trip to Auburn, Ala., home of the 2010 national champions, to check out to Auburn's Big Cat Weekend, an event that attracted bluechip prospects from 11 states.
Sanders has been on plenty of recruiting trips, but said his visit for Big Cat Weekend was something new for him.
“We had a lot of fun,” he noted. “We did some stuff I haven’t done on a visit before. The watermelon (eating) contest was pretty cool and the dance-off...I’m not a dancer, but they got me to bust a couple of moves. It was a good time. I’m looking forward to getting back and seeing how that visit goes.”
Very familiar with Auburn coaches Curtis Luper and Trooper Taylor because of their coaching time at his father’s alma mater Oklahoma State and with Luper playing in the same backfield as his father for a time in Stillwater, Sanders has been talking with Auburn for quite some time, but made his first visit to the Plains this weekend.
Visiting along with some of the nation’s top players, including Auburn five-star quarterback commitment Zeke Pike from Fort Mitchell, Ky., Sanders said spending time with the coaches and prospects just having fun was something he liked about the trip and it makes him want to learn even more about Auburn.
“It’s definitely more relaxed seeing some of the other top guys getting out there and having a good time with a smile on their face,” Sanders said. “Anytime you’re having fun you look forward to coming back. This is something I’ll remember and look forward to experiencing again.”
When asked about the Tigers, Sanders said something that many prospects mention when talking about Auburn--family. He said that was evident on his visit and is something he wants to experience again.
“Like any of the SEC schools they are committed to what they’re trying to do,” Sanders said. “It’s a family. They made that very clear. That’s important. When you’re trying to win a championship it’s important to like being around one another.”
Sanders said he plans to make another visit to Auburn for a game this fall.
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