Barry J. Sanders to choose at U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Barry J. Sanders (Oklahoma City, Okla./Heritage Hall), the son of NFL Hall of Famer Barry Sanders, will choose between Oklahoma State, Stanford, Florida State and Alabama at Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

The running back is one of 14 top prospects who will give their verbal commitments. The showcase game will be held at 1 p.m. ET and will be televised nationally by NBC.

The 5-11, 185-pounder is considered one of the top three players in Oklahoma and a top 10 running back nationally. Many expect the younger Sanders to commit to Stanford and play for David Shaw, who recently finished up his first season as head coach in Palo Alto. This past December, Heritage Hall head coach Andy Bogert said that Stanford and Oklahoma State were Sanders’ top two choices. His father, of course, played for the Cowboys and won the 1988 Heisman Trophy.

Sanders rushed for 1,343 yards and recorded 27 total touchdowns during his senior season at Heritage Hall. The Chargers lost in the Class 3A semifinals when Sanders was stopped at the goal line with under a minute left to play.

While Sanders grew up a fan of the Pokes, Stanford's high academic standards is reportedly one of the biggest reasons why he is leaning toward signing with the Cardinal. He also is a quiet and reserved person like his dad, so he would be able to enjoy a relatively carefree environment with the spotlight less bright at Stanford than at a school in his home state and the one in which his Hall of Fame father attended. Stanford's pro-style scheme and emphasis on the run even while the team had a future No. 1 overall pick at quarterback also was appealing to Sanders, who could possibly see playing time as a true freshman as he is reportedly the only running back Stanford is recruiting.

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