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Barry Sanders picks Stanford over Oklahoma State

Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:48 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 7:47 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- With a famous last name, Oklahoma City (Okla.) running back Barry J. Sanders knew there'd be a lot of pressure and interest in where he chose to go to school. There was his dad's alma mater and school down the road, Oklahoma State, of course but also an intriguing program out West that was drawing his attention.

Sanders ended the suspense on Saturday however and committed to Stanford at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"I'm going to spend my next few years of college playing at the Farm," Sanders said. "I get a chance to play with the greatest student-athletes in the world. They've been improving each year and have a bright future."

The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder had also considered Alabama and Florida State among other schools but will try to forge his own path in Palo Alto. One of the top running backs in the country, it's clear the junior Sanders has plenty of his father, famous NFL running back Barry Sanders, in him and is a huge addition to the Cardinal's recruiting class.

"He shows remarkable balance, vision, and speed, plus the ability to break tackles," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Quick footed and agile, he shows inherited instincts and breakaway speed. He does a good job of pressing the line, and picking and sliding. As competitive and confident as they come, he can turn a game around with one play. Has the kind of speed and quickness to scare a defense to death."

The five-star back is ranked as the number two tailback in the country by MaxPreps and 15th overall in the class of 2012. Sanders rushed for 1,343 yards and scored 24 touchdowns this past season.


Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 9:54 pm

Barry Sanders picks Stanford over Oklahoma State

Good choice, I cannot argue against the decision to go to Stanford as a great nationwide reputation for its educational excellence.   Stanford is growing a pretty good program also and if I had the talent and intellect, I'd choose Stanford hands down.

As far as his talent, tough to tell how good he really is.    Seen a lot of off-spring of famous players and "yes" most are very good, but unique above others, I just can't see how he could ever stack up outside having a 200 yd game in the winning of the Super Bowl. 

Best of luck to young Sanders, sorry we didn't have you at OSU but can't falt the guy for using his brain and forging his own path.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 8:35 pm

Barry Sanders picks Stanford over Oklahoma State

Say what, Michigan?  Stanford stands with the top Ivy League schools on academics...certainly above most of the league and way above OK State or Michigan for that matter.   And don't worry too much about a tutor.  Sanders is no dummy and Stanford annually ranks first or second in percent of atletes receiving degrees.  Luck has said the campus keeps you humble when you brush shoulders with Nobel prize winners every day.  Seems a prefect fit with the best balance of scholarship and high level competition.  Stanford will have 3 first round picks this year.  Five starters from last year's team are starting in the NFL.  And get this, its a clean program.  If all he wanted was to join a team that would win anyway, he should have gone to Alabama.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 12:18 pm

Barry Sanders picks Stanford over Oklahoma State

He hasnt even been accepted by Stanford yet.  Infact, he is quoted in saying that he is unsure if he has met qualifications for admission. Plus, its not like Stanford is an IVY league school.  Also, it would have been very difficult to be a fly on the wall since Barry Sr lives in Rochester, Michigan and his son lives in Oklahoma City. 

Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 12:02 pm

Barry Sanders picks Stanford over Oklahoma State

Nice choice, Barry.  Now get yourself a big, ugly academic tutor, and get to work ~ carrying a football will come much easier than carrying a full academic load at Stanford.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 9:34 am

Barry Sanders picks Stanford over Oklahoma State

I would have loved to be a fly on the wall for this one, but I am guessing father and son are both good with this decision.  I would really love to hear the inevitable conversation between T Boone Pickens and Barry Sanders, though.

Barry: "Sorry, T.  We have plenty of our own money and my son is smart enough to get into Stanford.  There is no upside to his signing with OK State." 

Pickens: "[Bleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


Sanders was one of the few football players intelligent enough to leave the NFL on his own terms.  When Bobby Ross took over the Lions and tried to turn Barry into a battering ram, putting him at quadruple the risk of injury as Wayne Fontes did, Barry rightfully told Ross to take a long walk on a short pier.   Barry knows that life after football is very important, and I can't imagine him not being happy and proud for his son.  

Sorry, T, but a Stanford degree carries juuuust a bit more weight than one from OK State. 

Since: Aug 20, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 2:11 am

Barry Sanders picks Stanford over Oklahoma State

I wish Bama could have gotten him,but I hope he does great at Stanford.

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:04 pm

Barry Sanders picks Stanford over Oklahoma State

This is a good choice because Stanford can still get him to the NFL, like all these other schools, but he also gets a brilliant education if things go south.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 8:39 pm

Barry Sanders picks Stanford over Oklahoma State

Not a great choice for winning.  They don't get Andrew Luck every year wit their tougher admission standards.

But, it is an impeccable education to fall back upon if football doesn't work out.

Since: Dec 14, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2012 8:09 pm

Barry Sanders picks Stanford over Oklahoma State


Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 6:31 pm

Barry Sanders picks Stanford over Oklahoma State

Good move by Barry Jr.
If he went to OK state he would always be compared to his dad not that he won't otherwise but it would be magnified so much more if he went to Oklahoma State.
Plus Stanford is a batter school, it's the Harvard of the west coast so academically he's helped himself too.
Good move Barry Jr. & best of luck in Palo Alto! 

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