Xenia, Ohio, safety James Sanford made visits to three Big Ten programs in the month of October. This past weekend he was in East Lansing and saw Michigan State's last-second win over Wisconsin.
"I was happy to see that they came back," Sanford said. "It was a great atmosphere and I have never heard so many people get quiet at the end of the game."
Prior to the Michigan State visit, Sanford attended a game at Penn State on Oct. 15 and one at Ohio State on Oct. 1. Talks with coaches at both Penn State and Michigan State gave him encouragement about his potential for an offer from those schools.
"Penn State said that I should be one of their next offers," Sanford said. "Michigan State said they have to evaluate the film, and they haven't done that yet. That's what Coach [Harlon] Barnett told me, but once they get the film they will get in touch with me."
Sanford also attended a Bowling Green game in September and was at Kentucky for their Sept. 24 matchup with Florida. A conversation about a potential offer with the Kentucky coaches also took place.
"Coach [Rick] Minter told me not to give up on them yet when I went up there, but I haven't heard from them since," Sanford said.
Xenia plays their final regular season game this coming weekend, then Sanford will start looking again at schools to visit before the season is out.
"I need to make it to a West Virginia game when they are at home again," he said. "There's a Purdue game in November against Iowa I think I might go to."
Xenia currently has a 2-7 record, but Sanford has been active, recording close to 80 tackles and two interceptions on defense and scoring four touchdowns on offense.