Santa Cruz’s Sanders offered football scholarship

There’s a good chance Santa Cruz High running back/safety Zeke Sanders will give a verbal commitment to Oregon State’s football program when he makes a campus visit in two weeks.

Sanders, the Sentinel’s County MVP last season, was offered a scholarship by the Pac-10 school on Thursday night, Cardinals coach Bubba Trumbull said. Sanders wants to make a campus visit before he gives his verbal.

Several prominent NCAA Division-I schools have expressed interest in Sanders, a CIF state-meet qualifying sprinter last season. Sanders has eight touchdowns this season for the Cardinals (1-4 overall) and scored 14 in nine games last season, when Santa Cruz went 10-3 and won the Central Coast Section Small School Division championship.

Sanders returned from a four-week layoff due to a broken collarbone and played on both sides of the ball in a 21-14 win over Pacific Grove in the section title game. He ended up scoring the game-winning touchdown on a multiple-tackle-breaking run from 10 yards out.

In college, Trumbull said the Beavers see Sanders as a safety, but they’d like to see him bulk up and perhaps move him to linebacker.

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