When your name is Barry Sanders, you are expected to be great. So is the case with the son of Hall of Fame running back Barry D. Sanders: Heritage Hall senior running back Barry J. Sanders.
The younger Sanders has shown a lot of character to this point in his career. He is not the product of his father’s name, but instead is making his name based on his own achievements.
Sanders is 5'10" and 190 pounds with all of the makings of a star. I served as the president of the National Private School Athletic Association for three years. As a result, I was able to see Sanders in person on three different occasions since his team was ranked nationally two of those three seasons.
He has an "it" factor that gives him a higher ceiling than 95 percent of the other 2012 running backs. The first thing I noticed then and now on video, is he has great vision and patience in the backfield.
Sanders does not wait for a large hole to open because he does not need one. He is able to run through small lanes with a great burst of speed. His jump-cut skill, lateral agility and overall footwork are excellent; he is one of the more natural running backs in terms of skill set that I have ever seen.
He reminds so many of his father because of his ability to stop and start on a dime. Once the younger Sanders stops and re-accelerates, he is at full speed within two steps.
Barry J. Sanders has good speed (4.49), but great quickness and elusiveness. The biggest concern with him is durability. Can he be an every-down back on the college level? Probably not as a freshman, but he could easily put on another 15 pounds of muscle because he has a great frame.
Barry J. Sanders was rumored to be down to two schools, Alabama and Oklahoma State.
However, he recently visited Stanford and fell in love with the laid-back setting. Being the son of a legend is difficult enough; it seems he wants to just play football and not worry about the hype.
If this is the case, attending Oklahoma State would be a mistake because that is where his father attended and won a Heisman. Alabama would probably be a mistake because the Crimson Tide are treated like an NFL team in Tuscaloosa.
As a result, I think he chooses Stanford as his destination in the upset.