• John Macon Gillespie

Sanders Living The Dream

Fresh off a visit to Northeast Mississippi community college, Malik Sanders’s excitement is at a fever pitch. The rising senior already has 10 schools who have offered him a full ride to continue playing on the next level.

“It was great,” He said of his visit to NEMCC. “It’s a nice place and they have some great coaches.”

In addition to the Tigers, Copiah-Lincoln community college, Mississippi Gulf Coast community college, Hinds community college, Itawamba community college, Holmes community college and Eastern Arizona community college, from the junior college ranks, have offered the Greenville-Weston product.

Additionally, Kentucky Christian university, University of Arkansas-Monticello and Mississippi Valley State are the four-year programs who have thrown their hat in the ring for Sanders.

After finishing last fall with 61 tackles, two forced fumbles and an interception, plus the camp performances he’s put in this summer. It’s easy to see why he’s already received offers and it appears more are on the way.

“Right now, my momma is not in the best place. I feel like the game of football will take me and my mom to a bigger and better place,” Sanders told SES Mississippi. “I’m looking for a home away from home. I want to go somewhere I feel comfortable at. I’m looking for a school that will help me education wise.”

At Mississippi State he ran a 4.40 40-yard dash and recorded a vertical jump of 38 inches. He has met some great coaches in his many visits this summer and he feels each of them has played a part in his development.

“My speed to keep up with receivers is what has helped me show well this summer. At this level you have to be able to jump with those tall guys. I try to base my game off of speed and leaping abiliy,” Sanders explained. “I think I’ve improved my ball skills and my ability to judge the ball in the air this offseason.”

The talented defender loves football because he feels it something that not just anyone can do. It’s not easy and the challenge drives him. However, he also likes to dance. Perhaps he does so best when Summer Sixteen by Drake is on.

According to him, his most notable accomplishment thus far was when he realized a dream by receiving his first scholarship offer. That stands right behind his best football memory, his first career interception, as a freshman playing against Starkville.

So it didn’t surprise me when replied, “Starkville and Madison Central,” when I asked which opponents he was most looking forward to facing this fall. When his team does take the field in 2016, he says to expect a much different Greenville-Weston squad.

“You can expect great things out of us this year,” He said. “We’ve improved all over. We feel like brothers out there and the coaches have pushed us to the max.”

**Photo by Latasha Sanders.

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