Photo via Shedeur Sanders’ Twitter
In a plot twist fit for Willie Taggart’s first season in charge at Florida Atlantic, 2021 quarterback Sheduer Sanders, son of NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, has committed to FAU, according to his Twitter account.
Sanders is the Owls’ 17th addition to the 2021 recruiting class and the first quarterback in the class. Last season, the Owls added Taggart’s son, Willie Taggart Jr., to the 2020 class.
Sanders is also the fourth son of a former NFL Hall of Famer to join FAU. Wide receiver Terique Owens (son of Terrell Owens), tight end Michael Irvin II (son of Michael Irvin), and defensive tackle Warren Sapp II (son of Warren Sapp) are all on the FAU roster.
A four-star prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite, Sanders is ranked as the 14th-ranked pro-style quarterback in the country and the 219th-best player nationally. Sanders is the highest-ranked recruit to ever commit to FAU, overtaking defensive tackle Noah Jefferson, who was a part of FAU’s 2018 recruiting class.
In 2019, Sanders finished the season with 3,459 passing yards, 47 passing touchdowns, and just four interceptions. On the ground, Sanders added another 226 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. Sanders helped lead Trinity Christian-Cedar to a 13-1 record and the school’s third consecutive Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Division II state championship.
In his three high school seasons, Sanders has 8,796 passing yards and a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 123-to-19.
Sanders’ best trait is his athleticism. At 6-foot-2 and 198 pounds, Sanders has an athletic frame that makes him an intriguing piece for the future.
In the pocket, Sanders is comfortable and does well in recognizing the first pass rushers. When he recognizes them, he’s able to make the guy miss and continue to extend plays with his feet.
Sanders might need to tighten his mechanics up, but has plenty of arm strength to get the ball down the field. When the ball gets down the field, he has solid touch on the throws.
The future is bright for Sanders and Florida Atlantic. Not only can Sanders’ potentially start as a freshman for the Owls, but his upside makes him a potential NFL quarterback in the future.