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Sanders has busy summer

Tanner Sanders might not have a specific position yet but the 2014 athlete from Corvallis (Ore.) Crescent Valley has already taken some important visits and has caught the interest of many coaches.
The 6-foot-5, 198-pound prospect went to camps at Texas and Michigan this summer and did well at both. Neither powerhouse offered but Sanders is excited to hear more from those coaching staffs during his junior season.
"At Texas, it just has a different mentality going in there," Sanders said. "Everybody is fired up to do everything. You're running around the whole time and people are fired up to be there every time you take the field.
"I went from about 9:30 in the morning until about 4:30 in the afternoon and the energy never stopped from the coaching staff.
"Michigan was a four-day camp. My dad is pretty good friends with Brady Hoke and I talked to him a lot. I talked to the offensive coordinator, Al Borges, and I was always in the extra throwing sessions with the top recruits. I felt like I fit in pretty well. It was a great time."
So far, Sanders has received offers from San Diego State and hometown Oregon State. He has been to see the Beavers practice numerous times and seems to fit in well with the team already.
"I love the people who are involved with the program there," Sanders said.
"The linebacker I played with my freshman year there, Kyle Gardner, is there. I know Richard Mullaney pretty well and I talk to Sean Mannion a lot. I like the vibe they have going there and I like going out to practice and talking to the guys. It seems like a great fit there."
Other than his two offers and his new interest after attending camps this summer, Sanders said he's also hearing from UCLA, Arizona State, Cal, Stanford and others.
A position has not been defined but he's good enough to play numerous spots so schools are getting more involved.
"They're bringing me in for different spots and seeing what I can do whether it's offense or defense," Sanders said.
"Both my offers are for athlete. San Diego State is leaning more toward receiver because they love how I run routes and caught the ball my freshman year. When I talked to (Oregon State) coach (Mike) Riley he said, 'I don't know where you're going to play but you make things happen so we'll find a spot for you.'"
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