'22 OH WR - Kaden Saunders

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    Kaden Saunders Hopes to Add OSU Offer to Early Collection
    Westerville athlete Kaden Saunders has already received offers from Penn State, Michigan State and West Virginia as a high school freshman, and he was at Ohio State on Friday for one of what Saunders said he hopes to be many visits throughout the rest of spring and summer.

    “All of the facilities were top-notch,” Saunders said. “The coaching staff really bonded with me for it being my first time on a visit. They showed me a lot of love and interest, and it’s just a great feeling there overall. It was really nice.”


    Every school showing interest in Saunders, including Notre Dame, Kentucky and Florida outside of the schools that have offered him, is recruiting the Ohio athlete as a wide receiver. The Buckeyes are as well, but they also want to see him perform at defensive back, Saunders said.

    As a freshman at Westerville South High School, Saunders didn’t touch the ball too often, which is normal for a freshman. He carried the ball 27 times for 203 yards and caught 12 passes for 229 yards. That role will certainly expand beginning next season.

    Saunders has already shown the ability to be a big-play threat on every down and the acceleration to beat almost any high school defensive back off the line, as well as track passes on deep routes. He will likely be a big-play factor at the next level, and he still has three years to develop into a less specialized and more refined wideout in that regard too.

    Saunders has developed a relationship with Ohio State linebackers coach Al Washington, who recruits in most Ohio areas, and on his visit he was able to meet wide receivers coach Brian Hartline, running backs coach Tony Alford, co-secondary coach Jeff Hafley and head coach Ryan Day.

    “Ohio State didn’t really lay out a path,” Saunders said about the possibility of earning a Buckeye offer. “They just told me they really like me and I’m a big target and to keep working and come to camp.”

    If Saunders does, in fact, come to an Ohio State summer camp, that could be the opportunity for Ohio State to see him at the defensive back position, but it’s likely that he will continue to be recruited as a wide receiver.
     
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