IN THE HUDDLE: Terron Sanders

Terron Sanders, BRADENTON SOUTHEAST

Over the course of a year, if you attend enough games, watch enough practices and visit camps and combines in the state of Florida, there is little doubt that you will come up with a star on the rise. Here is one of those athletes who is a top 50 player in a very athletic state.

During the summer and into the 2005 season, www.floridakids.us will bring you our IN THE HUDDLE segments with football players throughout the state of Florida.

These are similar to the evaluations we pass on to the hundreds of colleges who visit our website, call us on the phone and correspond via e-mail.

Here is another top football player to keep an eye on this season – and beyond.

PLAYER: Terron Sanders
POSITION: Defensive Tackle
SCHOOL: Bradenton Southeast
HEIGHT: 6'0
WEIGHT: 290
40 SPEED: 5.2
HEAD COACH: Paul Maechtle
www.floridakids.us Pre-Spring Ranking: 27

Last summer, I had the pleasure of watching Lakeland play in their fall kickoff classic at rival Lake Gibson, and athletic Kendrick Stewart stood out when you watched him play. This year, one defensive tackle that is starting to make the same type of move as Stewart last year is Sanders. While Sanders is not at the level as Stewart was this time last year, he is quickly making a name for himself.

As I continue to evaluate athletes that I have the opportunity to see in person, I give you, the fan, an insight like you will never get anyplace else.

Between Larry Blustein and myself, we are out visiting schools and camps all summer long. It's that kind of difference that fans, coaches and players have told us over and over again that sets us apart from others who cover this state.

When Larry came out with his pre-2006 class back in the summer of 2004, Sander's name was high on that list before anyone had ever heard of him. I had my first opportunity of watching him perform live at the Scout.com Combine at the University of South Florida, and he left me thinking that this young man has a very solid future!

Larry had talked several times with his coach, Paul Maechtle, and the veteran coach was very impressed at what Sanders not offered his program, but a college at the next level as well.


STRENGTHS: Sanders' strength is his overall selling point. He is very powerful and difficult for most teams to block with one lineman. He is able to move lineman off the ball and make plays in the backfield.

What Sanders is best at is clogging up the middle and stopping the run. He relies on a quick step and good technique to get the best of his opponent. If he does one thing very well, Sanders stays low and uses good pad level to get by the opposition. What he also is good at doing is shedding blocks and making plays in the backfield.

"He reminds me a lot of former Miami Jackson and Syracuse standout Luis Gachelin," said Blustein. "Low to the ground, strong, hard to move and an explosive first step that gets the best of even the elite linemen."

WHAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON: Sanders needs to improve his overall longer distance speed. While his first step is tremendous, his ability to close and pursue needs to be worked on. At the next level, when the play is moving away, the speed is mind-boggling.

At 6'0, Sanders does not have the ideal size that most colleges are looking for in a defensive tackle. That's why playing with better leverage and taking his game to another level is so important to college coaches. He can be a run-stopper at first, and then as he gains confidence, he can be eased in to a three down player.

OVERALL: Sanders is a solid D-1 prospect that will get more attention as the season goes on. While defensive tackles like Charles Deas, Kenrick Ellis, Reggie Odom, Leslie Stirrups and Corey Hobbs are rated ahead of Sanders right now by some, don't be surprised if he cracks into that group by the end of the season. He is a hard worker and is out to prove that there is not a better defensive tackle out there. I have a feeling that he will become an elite player.

COLLEGES ON THE HORIZON: While a number of colleges were impressed during the spring and at summer workout, he has not been offered by the schools he is hoping to attract.

My guess is that schools such as Louisville, Southern Mississippi, east Carolina, South Florida, UCF and a number of Mid-American colleges will make a tremendous push over the next five months.

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