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Sports - January 13, 2012

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TOP RECRUIT . . . Stanford may have lost out to Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl last week, but the Cardinal football team evened the score by recruiting away Oklahoma prep star Barry J. Sanders, son of NFL Hall of Famer Barry Sanders. The younger Sanders announced his decision to attend Stanford over Oklahoma State following the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday in San Antonio, Texas. Sanders' father is an Oklahoma State grad and 1988 Heisman Trophy winner. He stood near his son and other family members when Barry J. announced his decision to go to Stanford on national television. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Sanders is the 15th-best prospect nationally, regardless of position, according to MaxPreps. He rushed for 1,343 yards (9.5 ypg) and scored 27 touchdowns this past season in leading the Heritage Hall Chargers to the Class 3A semifinals. He was rated the No. 8 running back in the country, according to the Bootleg.com. In addition to Oklahoma State, Sanders turned down Florida State and Alabama. National Signing Day is Feb. 1 and verbal commitments are not binding.

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