Macon (Miss.) Noxubee County wide receiver Vincent Sanders is one of the top athletes in the southeast and though his scholarship offers came early and often, there are still more filtering in. Recently Sanders picked up an offer from Florida State, a school that he has always had an interest in.
"Florida State offered me yesterday," Sanders said on Tuesday. "Coach Trickett called me. He asked me if I'm still interested in them and he said that they were looking for some receivers. The secondary coach also liked me. The secondary coach wanted me to play defense also. He asked what I wanted to play and I said either one."
Trickett, who coached at West Virginia before heading to Tallahassee has a history recruiting the Noxubee County program. That history isn't the only reason that Trickett caught Sanders' attention though.
"He talked about the players he recruited from Noxubee County when he was at West Virginia," he said. "I'm very interested because growing up it was one of my dream schools. I always liked Florida State so it was a big honor to get an offer from them. Since I liked them, they're pretty high on my list but I want to find out more about the program. I want to take an official but I don't know when."
Sanders who has never been to the Florida State campus has not taken any official visits to date, though he does have one set up to Coach Trickett's former program.
"I've only scheduled one for right now and that's the seventh of November to West Virginia when they play Louisville," he said. "One of the players that used to play at Noxubee County (Brandon Tate), I'm real close with him so he wanted me to come up there and check them out."
Among the other programs that Sanders has his eye on as possible official visit trips are Texas Tech, Wisconsin and North Carolina.
"Right now, I'm still wide open. I'm giving everybody that offers me a chance to show me what they have to offer in their schools. As of right now, everybody is number one."
Though he is considering official visits to several schools outside of the Magnolia State, Sanders has taken in the in-state campuses, including a game at Mississippi State this past weekend to see the Bulldogs take on Florida.
"I went to the Mississippi State-Florida game on Saturday," he said. "It went pretty good. I had a good time. Mississippi State made a game of it so I enjoyed myself."
Along with recruiting, Sanders has had plenty to deal with himself on and off the football field. Noxubee County completed an undefeated season in 2009 with a 4A state championship. This season, the Tigers are on track again with a 9-1 record as the playoffs approach.
Sanders is doing his part despite being sidelined for much of the season with a broken jaw. The injury has derailed some of his plans for his senior season due to missed time and due to the wiring of his jaw shut, he's had plenty of discomfort to deal with.
"It was pretty tough," Sanders said of the injury. "I had a lot of goals set for my senior season and by me getting hurt I knew I wasn't going to reach all of them and when my team lost that really hurt because I couldn't be on the field to help them deal. I also lost a lot of weight that I had to gain back and waking up in pain in the middle of the night was tough."
With the injury behind him and Sanders back on the football field, Noxubee County looks once again like a favorite to take the state championship.