2020 Recruiting Capsule: Flint Beecher WR/S Earnest Sanders

2020 Recruiting Capsule: Flint Beecher WR/S Earnest Sanders

February 2, 2019

Flint (MI) Beecher WR/S Earnest Sanders (#11, image via Endless Motor)

Name: Earnest Sanders
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 190 lbs.
High school: Flint (MI) Beecher
Position: Wide receiver/safety
Class: 2020
Offers: Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Kentucky, Toledo
Commitment: Undecided

Notes: 247 Sports 3-star, #62 WR, #8 in-state, #315 overall…Also a high-level basketball player with hoops offers from Oakland and Southern Mississippi

Stats: N/A

Strengths: Catches ball well with hands away from body…Very good straight-line speed…Good size with solid frame…Strong runner…Shows ability to plant foot and make 90-degree cuts…Takes short, choppy steps with good change-of-direction skills

Weaknesses: Does not come off ball hard on every play…Needs to improve route running

Overall: I had seen Sanders’s name come across on Twitter and a couple websites, but I had not checked out his film previously. After having checked it out, though, I came away extremely impressed. Sanders has physical skills on par with almost any receiver to come out of the state of Michigan in years, and yes, I’m including Donovan Peoples-Jones. He is not as refined as Peoples-Jones, but they have similar size, and I would give Sanders the edge in short-area quickness. It will be interesting to see how his recruitment develops and whether he leans toward basketball or football. I also like Sanders as a safety prospect and think he has the frame to bulk up to play that position in college, as well.



  1. Comments: 1863
    Joined: 1/19/2016
    Feb 02, 2019 at 8:09 AM

    Seems like a good find. Has he hit the camo circuit?

    • Comments: 3844
      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Feb 02, 2019 at 8:44 AM

      He’s from Flint, not the U.P., so I don’t know about camo. But he did go to the Rising Stars Christmas Camp in December 2018.

      • Comments: 1863
        Joined: 1/19/2016
        Feb 02, 2019 at 9:21 PM

        Haha, stupid autocorrect

  2. Comments: 295
    Joined: 12/19/2015
    Feb 02, 2019 at 5:53 PM

    Yeah, interesting 17+ mins of highlights. Honestly, I only watched 10 and noticed he’s a player. I don’t know much about his competition but it looks poor. As for him, nice hands, athletic and can break some tackles. I agree that he’s freakishly physical but I would put Peoples-Jones well ahead of Sanders in terms of ranking. DPJ was raw, definitely, but his speed and quickness seem much better than Sanders. Sanders may be more of an undersized TE.

    As for Sanders himself, I can definitely rank him above Devell Washington, Ian Stewart who get much more press. 247 ranks Sanders above both as well. Surprised Sanders isn’t getting more love but I think this is a bit of a down year again for Michigan fb. Personally, Paige and McGregor are the only 2 recruits I’d like to snag. I do like Martinez too but no real position for him. I gotta see more film on Enzo Jennings and Bryce Austin as well. Love these capsules Thunder. Keep them coming.

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