Thankful to have received an offer from the University of Texas! pic.twitter.com/Wy1rgP50Js— Drew Sanders (@Drew_16Sanders) January 17, 2019
The 6’5, 211-pounder, who has been committed to the Sooners since late 2017, announced the offer after Longhorns head coach visited Denton Ryan, where former Texas fullback Alex De La Torre is an assistant coach.
At Ryan, Sanders is a dual-threat quarterback, but he projects at the flex tight end position that Oklahoma has used so effectively in recent seasons — Mark Andrews and Grant Calcaterra have both had tremendous success there. Sanders might even be a better athlete than Andrews and Calcaterra, as he has elite speed and agility for a prospect of his size.
Given how long Sanders has been committed to Oklahoma and how well head coach Lincoln Riley uses that position, it doesn’t seem likely that Sanders will seriously consider Texas unless he grew up as a fan of the program.
What’s more interesting is the fact that Herman is now targeting a player who could fit in the mold of Lil’Jordan Humphrey, who recently declared for the 2019 NFL Draft after serving as a jumbo slot receiver, a similar role as the one filled by Andrews and Calcaterra in Norman. Take that as a sign that the Texas staff is intrigued by the possibility of continuing to use large, agile wide receivers in the slot.
Sanders is a consensus four-star prospect ranked as the No. 76 player nationally, the No. 3 athlete, and the No. 8 player in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.