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SEC makes push on star Ohio OL

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While much of the attention in Ohio has been focused on dominating offensive lineman Mike Adams, but if you dig deeper beyond the surface, you'll find that there's two monster blue-chip offensive tackle prospect in this year's class.
One is Elliott Mealer, who just recently committed to Michigan. The other is Zebrie Sanders of Clayton (Ohio) Northmont. And it's Sanders that continues to see his stock blow up bigger than almost every other offensive line prospect in the nation.
"I talked recently to Florida, Georgia, Clemson and Michigan," Sanders, who measured in at 6-foot-5 and 273 pounds at the Rivals.com Junior Day in Trotwood, Ohio, said. "South Carolina and Florida are my most recent offers right now. I'm really excited about Florida and South Carolina. But Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Clemson and Louisville are my top teams that have offered right now."
South Carolina has recruited the Buckeye State before with some success, but it's never been a traditional stomping ground. Sanders said he has some special ties to the state that make the Gamecocks an interesting option to consider.
"I was born in South Carolina," he said. "I grew up watching a lot of the SEC because my mom is a Georgia alumni, so I grew up watching Georgia, Florida and all the Southeastern Conference teams. Pretty much all my family lives in South Carolina."
"They wouldn't mind having me come play for South Carolina, especially my granddad. He lives in Greenville, which is like an hour away and he loves to go to games with me."
Georgia isn't a bad option either to consider down South.
"My mom jokes around with me about going to Georgia and any other place else being dog food," he said. "But it's completely my decision and she knows that. She'll make jokes about Florida, but she knows that that is a place I might want to go and it's my decision and she respects that."
It's a decision that Sanders said is quite some time away.
"I want to make my decision after my senior season," he said. "I plan on taking all five of my visits. I just want to go to a nice place that has a pretty cool environment, a great atmosphere for football and a nice college town like Athens or Ann Arbor."
And when he finds the perfect atmosphere, he's going to dig deeper to find the perfect fit in other areas, too.
"How comfortable I fit in with the coaches will be important," he said. "I definitely want to go somewhere that I'm comfortable with the coaches like coach Mike DeBord from Michigan and coach Billy Napier from Clemson. Even coach John Hevesy from Florida. Right now, it's a dead on tie between my top four teams. I'm not thinking about naming a top team or a No. 2 team until like summertime."
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