Houston (Texas) Kinkaid's Mavin Saunders has only been around the game of football for a few months, but the 6-5, 225-pound standout has quickly found himself in the spotlight.
Saunders is originally from the Bahamas and specialized in basketball before giving football a try in 2012. He left his mark as a wide receiver recording 30 receptions for 510 yards and eight touchdowns. His natural ball skills, his athleticism, and big frame were easy to spot throughout the season and while in attendance at the Rivals Camp Series stop in Houston.
It did not take long for offers to begin to find their way to Kinkaid as college coaches eyed his talents at both receiver and tight end. Florida State was first. Mississippi State was not far behind. Then in recent weeks Missouri and Texas Tech both placed offers on the table.
"I haven't had a lot of chances to learn about the ones who have offered me," Saunders said. "I just know Florida State is close to home and I know it's a good school and stuff like that. Texas Tech, I know it's a good school when it comes to passing and it's close to here. Those two right now are kind of like the favorite ones and I'm looking forward to going on visits and learning more about the schools and seeing what they can offer academically. That's what I'm looking forward to when I go up to visit."
Plans are being made for a possible visit to Texas Tech in the next few weeks, and this summer he plans to visit Florida State. However, Saunders will not be the only one hitting the road. As spring approaches, several college coaches are making plans to visit Kinkaid.
"Everybody is going to be coming by here pretty soon," Houston Kinkaid head coach Stephen Hill said. "I know Texas A&M is coming to watch him workout in person. Texas called me. They're wanting to come by. I got a call this morning from Fresno State asking about him."
Maryland has ]also been hot on the trail, and Arkansas has also stepped up their interest. Oregon is sending handwritten letters, and mail is coming from several SEC programs.
At this point two programs have caught his attention, but he clearly states he is in no hurry to make a decision.
"Just Texas Tech and Florida State to be honest," Saunders said. "Those are the two favorites right now I think but I still have another year so things can change."
Right now he is enjoying all the attention as more comes his way.
"It's been pretty good," Saunders said. "It's been surprising, but it's been really good."