Oklahoma recruiting: 2020 athlete Drew Sanders can adapt to many positions
Stay up to date with Oklahoma football recruiting with the latest news, notes and analysis in the daily edition of DieHards’ Wagon Wheels. In this edition, we catch up with 2020 4-star athlete and Oklahoma commit Drew Sanders and discuss where he fits with the Sooners.
Drew Sanders’ versatility was big to Oklahoma
CEDAR HILL, Texas — Hoodies aren’t typically needed on an April morning in North Texas. But many of the prospects at the Under Armour All-America Camp Series in Dallas at Cedar Hill High School are sporting extra layers.
Colleyville (Texas) Heritage quarterback Drew Sanders has long sleeves on, but that’s about it. The cold doesn’t seem to bother him. He spends the morning whipping spirals through the wind.
But Sanders knows his day as a quarterback likely will end after high school. He committed to Oklahoma in November, and the No. 104 prospect in the 2020 247Sports rankings wasn’t recruited as a quarterback.
“They’re recruiting me as an inside receiver or tight end,” Sanders said. “I started doing some of that stuff at camps and they saw me and thought I could be good there. I guess I’m pretty fast for a big guy.”
Sanders hasn’t even played those positions in high school. He was a quarterback and an imposing inside linebacker and defensive end for Colleyville Heritage as a sophomore.
— Drew Sanders (@Drew_16Sanders) December 6, 2017
That’s one of the more interesting aspects of recruiting these days. Oklahoma’s coaching staff has to project where players will end up. The tight end spot might be the most difficult because college tight ends didn’t play the position in high school. Many played outside receiver, running back or in Sanders’ case, quarterback.
Sanders’ defensive acumen shows the physical aspects of playing tight end will not overwhelm by any stretch. His sophomore year of high school is winding down and he’s already 6-foot-5 and close to 230 pounds.
But Sanders isn’t worried about making the position switch when he gets to college.
“When you play quarterback, you learn more about the offense and what every position does and has to do,” he said. “I think that helps you understand things better and faster.”
He’s also used to the position switches. Since he started playing football, Sanders has been the big guy who can.
As far as his near six-month-old commitment to Oklahoma, Sanders doesn’t see that changing.
“I’ve built a pretty good relationship with Coach [Cale] Gundy and Coach [Lincoln] Riley,” Sanders said. “It feels like a good place to be. It feels like home.”
Oklahoma reconnects with 4-star Kansas DE
One of the Sooners’ major 2019 defensive targets is 4-star defensive end Marcus Hicks from Northwest High School in Wichita, Kan.
Oklahoma’s coaching staff is on the road doing spring evaluations. Hicks reported that defensive ends coach Calvin Thibodeaux was a recent visitor to his high school. Thibodeaux wasn’t alone. Texas defensive line coach Oscar Giles was also in Wichita, Kan., to get an eye on Hicks.
— Marcus Hicks (@harcus_micks) April 24, 2018
Hicks has been a frequent visitor to Norman this year. He last trip was on April 7 to watch the Sooners scrimmage.
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