24 October 2010
Barry Sanders is arguably the best running back in history. Until someone surpasses his feats on the field, no one can be compared to him (not talking about Emmett Smith by the way). But there is a player, while he is only in high school, that cannot shake the Barry Sanders comparisons.
Barry Sanders, Jr. is currently a junior runningback for Heritage Hall in Oklahoma. He is the son of the legend. As you can imagine, there are high expectations. I recently looked him up after finding out that he was considering Alabama. Obviously, the name Barry Sanders piqued my interest. I watched a YouTube video and I was amazed. Even if this kid wasn’t Barry’s son, I still don’t know if the comparisons would go away. The simple fact of the matter is, he runs just like his daddy. I know it’s just high school, and you can’t tell how he will translate to the next level, but I can’t see an argument against the similarity in style. If you don’t believe me, just watch the video.
Granted, he’s a bit too fast for high school, and he only shows that bouncing around in parts of the video. A lot of the time he just leaves the defense in the dust.But in the parts where he has to make moves, the resemblance is uncanny. I’m pretty excited to have a chance of Alabama getting him. In July, Barry mentioned some criteria for his future college in an interview:
“I want a school that will compete for a championship year after year. Good facilities would be nice. I want a program with a strong tradition.” (volnation.com) He has also reportedly narrowed his college list to Oklahoma State, Alabama, UCLA, and Florida State. Of those four, I think Alabama has a slight edge in storied tradition and especially championship contention. All four have enough tradition though, and I’m sure all four have good facilities. Of course, Barry Sanders, Sr. played for Oklahoma State, but Barry Sanders, Jr. says that his “family isn’t pressuring him” and he “feels like he can go wherever he wants.” He also wants to be his own person, not just the son of Barry Sanders. He has taken one unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa and plans on coming back. I hope he has a third visit and stays for good.
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