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Stanford gets commitment from Barry Sanders Jr.

Stanford may have lost out to Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl last week, but the Cardinal football team evened the score by recruiting away Oklahoma prep star Barry J. Sanders, son of NFL Hall of Famer Barry Sanders.

The younger Sanders announced his decision to attend Stanford over Oklahoma State following the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday in San Antonio, Texas.

"I think everyone understood my position (about the college choice)," Barry J. Sanders said, wearing a black hat with the block Cardinal "S" on the front. "That program (Oklahoma State) made my family, and I thank them for it. I'll always have orange in my blood."

Sanders' performance Saturday was a bit like his father's sensational NFL career -- he could have done more before he left.

The younger Sanders will get his chance to show more next season at Stanford after announcing his that he would not follow in his father's footsteps at Oklahoma State. Sanders had only three carries in the game, including a 10-yard touchdown run, and his West all-star teammates defeated the East, 24-12.

Sanders' father, the 1988 Heisman Trophy winner at Oklahoma State, stood near his son and other family members when Barry J. announced his decision to go to Stanford on national television.

"I get a chance to play with, you know, I think the greatest student-athletes in the world," Sanders said on the telecast after putting on a Stanford cap. "I think they've been improving and

they've got a bright future."

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Sanders is the 15th-best prospect nationally, regardless of position, according to MaxPreps. He rushed for 1,343 yards (9.5 average) and scored 27 touchdowns this past season in leading the Heritage Hall Chargers to the Class 3A semifinals. He was rated the No. 8 running back in the country, according to the Bootleg.com.

In addition to Stanford and Oklahoma State, Sanders had Florida State and Alabama on his list of college choices. National Signing Day is Feb. 1 and verbal commitments are not binding.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/The Associated Press

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Posted by Sidney Menzies
a resident of another community
on Jan 8, 2012 at 10:21 am

Barry Sanders Jr. made the best choice. As the father of a Stanford Grad who was a member of the Track Team I know first hand what Stanford has to offer thier students and what thier students offer to Stanford. Stanford Football has a great coach and team. Barry will love the school and have a great experience and most best of all he will have a Stanford Degree for life.

Go Cardinals!


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Posted by HISooner
a resident of another community
on Jan 9, 2012 at 10:42 am

If your are serious about education, why wouldn't you select Stanford over OSU? If you're only interested in the pros either would be okay. In the long run, networking with a Stanford degree will be more beneficial.


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Posted by CJ Lane
a resident of Stanford
on Jan 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm

"Go Cardinals!"

Jeez, Stanford family and you make that mistake?

Go, Cardinal!


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Posted by DERRICK
a resident of Hoover School
on Jan 9, 2012 at 1:41 pm

WAS REALLY WANTING HIM TO CARRY THE BALL FOR MY BELOVED POKES NEXT YEAR, BUT STANFORD IS A GREAT CHOICE AND THEY OFFER ALOT MORE THAN GOOD AGGIE DEGREE'S AND NFL DRAFT PICKS! CONGRATS TO YOU CARDINAL FANS!!!
I STILL SCREAM ORANGE POWER!!!!! OSU!!!


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Posted by Isaiah
a resident of Stanford
on Jan 9, 2012 at 7:12 pm

That's mans tho bout to put on at stanford still ain't nicer than DTA doe


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Posted by Jeff
a resident of Stanford
on Jan 11, 2012 at 5:46 am

Barry Sanders was the man on a football field, I hope his son set his own path to success, even if it's not playing ball. Web Link for barry sanders highlights


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