The state of Washington usually produces at least a couple top-end defensive back prospects and one that is getting a lot of early attention and recently received his second offer is Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wa.) CB Markell Sanders. Northwest Elite Index caught up with him recently, and he updated us on his newest offer as well as what made him play almost the entire 2011 season with a broken hand…
“My team needed me and I wasn’t going to miss a game because of a broken hand,” Sanders told NEI recently. “I know I wasn’t a senior or anything, but I still felt like a leader on my team and after I went to the doctor and he signed off on it, I was back out there the next week.”
At 6’1″, 185 pounds, Sanders is an ideal corner prospect with the emphasis on big, physical receivers in today’s college game. He recently received his second offer, this one from one of the two in-state Pac 12 programs.
“I already had an offer from Idaho and today the coaches at Washington State called and said they were offering me,” Sanders said happily. “This has all been part of the process for me with them. They stopped by our school and got my film and they had been talking to me for a little while. They called today and said they needed guys at my position and they loved the way I play the game, the passion I play with and they liked me as both a player and a person.”
As a junior this past season, Sanders totaled over 40 tackles and also notched three interceptions to go along with double-digit passes defensed.
“I’m good when the ball is in the air so that really helps me a lot and I’m quick in and out of my breaks,” Sanders noted. “I love being physical and making plays when the ball is in the air.”
Sanders plans to take in some camps this summer and said it will mainly be to the schools that are currently recruiting him.
“I’m going to do my best to get out to Boise State’s camp because they seem like a school that could be close to offering me,” Sanders said. “I’m going to hit a camp at Washington and also see which ones I can make of some of the other ones, mainly Oregon State, Colorado and Utah.
” I’ll probably do some other camps, maybe a Barton Camp sometime in June too.”
We will continue to keep track of Sanders’ progress through the recruiting process, as well as his performance at several of the camps.