The Oregon State Beavers aren’t often considered one of the heavyweights of college football recruiting. So when Mike Riley and the Beavers have an advantage on the recruiting trail, you can bet they’re going to leverage it as hard as they possibly can. That seems to be the case for OSU with 2014 recruit Tanner Sanders, who has just about every reason to like the Beavers.
Sanders is considered one of the top recruits in the Pacific Northwest at quarterback and just so happens to live in the Beavers’ back yard. The Corvallis, Oregon, standout is a prep phenom and is being pursued heavily as one of the best athlete prospects on the west coast. As if getting the opportunity to play for the hometown team wasn’t enough of a draw, both of Sanders’ parents were athletes at Oregon State as well, making the talented high school senior a Beavers’ legacy to boot.
The only thing standing in the way of Sanders and Oregon State is the fact that the Beavers already have a verbal commitment from a quarterback in their 2014 class. Nick Mitchell is a highly touted pocket passer out of Washington who jumped on his Oregon State offer earlier this month. That could make things crowded under center for Sanders and will definitely be used by other programs hoping to steal him away.
A little competition may not be that big of a hurdle, however, and Sanders could decide to sign with Oregon State and come to campus compete for and win the quarterback job when his time comes. He also has the athletic ability to possibly switch positions at the collegiate level. At 6-foot-5, 200 pounds with plenty of speed to burn, he would make a very nice addition the receiving corps as well.
The race is on for Sanders’ services in 2014 and beyond with a number of Pac 12 programs showing a great deal of interest. He will be visiting the Washington Huskies next weekends and Steve Sarkisian and Tosh Lupoi are infamous for their ability to sell recruits on Seattle. They will certainly be putting their best foot forward for Sanders, who would be a very excellent addition the Huskies’ roster.
For now, Oregon State will have to hope they can hold on to the local product who could turn Oregon State athletics into a family tradition. They will have to be considered the favorites for now until another program can convince Sanders to leave home behind for his college experience.