On Nov. 22 redshirt junior running back Trey Sanders announced his intention to transfer from Alabama. The Port St. Joe native joined the Crimson Tide with expectations of becoming their next great ball carrier, but multiple serious injuries have hampered his development since he got to college.
Sanders originally ranked as the 247Sports Composite’s sixth overall recruit for the Class of 2019, but managed only 116 career carries for 528 yards and three touchdowns during his time in Tuscaloosa, partially due to the medical issues that limited him to just four games in his first two years on campus.
The bulk of his production came in 2021, when he finished second on the team in rushing yards. However, he fell out of favor this season and ended as Alabama’s seventh leading rusher for 2022.
Still, given his recruiting history, Sanders should have plenty of suitors hoping to unlock the potential he showed as a prep star. So, what schools make the most sense as a possible landing spot for him?
Below are odds on Sanders' top potential destinations.
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Odds on Trey Sanders' Landing Spot
Coach Prime Makes Colorado Betting Favorite
Colorado (+200) projects as the overwhelming favorite to land Sanders after he openly lobbied for an offer from the program on Twitter after the hiring of Deion Sanders (no relation).
Dylan Edwards, a four-star recruit from Derby, Kansas, and the composite 10th ranked running back in the Class of 2023 per 247Sports, committed to the Buffaloes on Saturday, but adding Trey Sanders as well would give them a solid veteran presence to pair with the explosive freshman in the fall.
And with the expected roster turnover in Boulder, there should be plenty of carries to go around as the new coaching staff works to fix an offense that finished as the nation’s fourth worst by total yards this past season.
If the offer ever comes in, expect Sanders to likely jump on it. However, if Sanders does not end up at Colorado, his recruitment could get interesting, as there have been few rumors of other potential options.
Texas, Marshall Also in the Mix
Texas (+900) stands out as the most natural other Power 5 option for Sanders due to his connection with Steve Sarkisian, who was Alabama’s offensive coordinator his first two seasons, and the fact he officially visited the Forty Acres as a high schooler.
The Longhorns also have a glaring need at running back despite holding a commitment from Cedric Baxter Jr., the Class of 2023’s top back, as both Bijan Robinson and Roschon Johnson appear off to the NFL.
Were Sanders to jump down a level, Marshall (also +900) profiles as an excellent fit, as his initial college running backs coach Charles Huff now leads the Thundering Herd. Marshall also has an opening in the backfield with Khalan Laborn out of eligibility.
Laborn, a former blue chipper himself, struggled to earn touches at a prominent program (Florida State) like Sanders, but produced to the tune of 1,530 yards from scrimmage this year in an offense built around him, which undoubtedly makes for an outstanding selling point.
You Can Always Go Home?
Lastly, some consideration must be given to the home state schools.
Florida State and Florida (both +1400) were both heavily involved in Sanders’ recruitment out of high school, and while both have fairly crowded depth charts, do not discount the allure of moving closer to his Panhandle home if he feels he can carve out a role in the Seminoles or Gators rotation.
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