Sunday, October 26, 2008

That big 'big' decides to go with Cal

Idaho was probably never seriously in the running due to the eventual competition but it's actually worth looking at Don Verlin's pursuit of Markhuri Sanders-Frison in a somewhat positive vein.

Every so often coaches need to shoot for prospects generally considered longshots because it works once in a while. Sanders-Frison is from Oregon, hence Idaho's interest and sense that the kid might be reachable.

Our sense is the Idaho coaching staff didn't put in an overload of time or focus nor invest a lot of recruiting funds in this pursuit so this is not a big loss. Sanders-Frison probably would have laughed off any Idaho approach if this was last season, so, as strange as it sounds, consider this a sliver of news that things are changing in Moscow despite not landing the young man.

Jed Tai

Since graduating from Jefferson High School in 2006, Markhuri Sanders-Frison has seen the world. Ok, maybe not the world but the strong 6-foot-8, 270-pound post has gotten a good glimpse of the United States, having spent a year in prep school on the East Coast, a year in junior college in Arizona, and is now down at South Plains College in Texas. His heart never left the West Coast however, and after taking an official visit this weekend to a Pac-10 school Sanders-Frison decided it was time to come back closer to home.

On his official visit to Cal, Sanders-Frison made a big decision. "(I) just committed!!!" Sanders-Frison text messaged early Saturday evening...

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