One benefit of the NIKE Football Training camps is providing players that may have not yet been noticed for whatever reason a stage to show their skills.
At the NIKE Camp in Athens back on May, 14th, College Park (Ga.) North Clayton defensive end Donnell Sanders took full advantage of that opportunity and now the offers are starting to roll in.
"I liked the NIKE Camp experience because it gave me a chance to compete with the elite players," said Sanders of his day in Athens.
The 6-3, 210 pounder put on quite a show that day, holding his own against some of the top offensive linemen in drills and testing off the charts, running a 4.66 40, benching 17 reps and posting a 35.8-inch vertical jump on his way to a 79.03 SPARQ Rating.
Since then the offers have started to come in, as schools like Virginia Tech and Kent State have formally offered while Alabama, Bowling Green and Tulane all tell Sanders offers are waiting as soon as his test scores come back.
"Right now, my top five would be Virginia Tech, Bowling Green, Alabama, Florida, and Florida State," says Sanders.
"Virginia Tech giving me an offer really got my attention and they sort of stand out for me right now.
"It impressed me because it was my first offer and it was a school I have been interested in going to for a long time."
Sanders registered 70 tackles and 11.5 sacks for North Clayton as a junior, earning All-Clayton/Henry area from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution following the season.
Sanders plans on attending a few college camps this summer and would like to make his decision sometime after the season.