Apparently being a dynamic runner runs in the family. Barry Sanders Jr, son of the famed running back, is a coveted running back from Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City, and was coveted by many top programs. Two of them that rose to the top were the Oklahoma St. Cowboys (his dad's school) and the Stanford Cardinal.
The case for Oklahoma State is pretty solid--follow in the footsteps of his famous dad, but Stanford offers the appeal of an attack dedicated to running the football. Oklahoma State is a pass-first offense, which might have limited Sanders's touches and made him the secondary focus of the offense.
It appears that case might be enough to sway him to the West Coast. Jason Kersey of the Oklahoman reports that the younger Sanders will pick Stanford this Saturday at the Army All-American Bowl.
But in December, Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert said Stanford and OSU were Sanders' top two choices, and in that order.
One of the biggest factors, Bogert then said, was Stanford's higher academic standards. Sanders was still taking the required extra classes and working to get qualified.
But Sanders, in a telephone interview from San Antonio, said he has qualified.
Florida State and Alabama were also considered finalists.
To discuss the recruitment of Sanders, head to Rule of Tree (Stanford) and Cowboys Ride For Free (Oklahoma State).