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River Ridge’s Kelle Sanders commits to play defensive end for WSU

River Ridge’s Kelle Sanders, a three-star recruit, verbally committed to WSU on Saturday. He had five offers total, including Missouri and Eastern Washington.
River Ridge’s Kelle Sanders, a three-star recruit, verbally committed to WSU on Saturday. He had five offers total, including Missouri and Eastern Washington. Staff photographer

Earlier this week, Kelle Sanders considered a few options before pinpointing what it is that attracts him to Washington State University.

“I really like the color red, I don’t know,” he joked.

There’s more to it than that.

“The experience there, and how everything in the town is surrounded by that one school,” Sanders said. “Everyone goes to the football games. I like that. I like atmosphere — everyone’s there, it’s always packed, it’s always going to be an exciting game.”

He plans to experience that first-hand next fall, when he suits up in crimson and gray.

Sanders, a three-star football recruit from River Ridge High School, verbally committed to WSU on Saturday in an announcement via Twitter.

“I felt like it was the right thing for me to do, so I just did it,” Sanders said.

Sanders (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) was recruited by the Cougars as a defensive end. He recorded a school-record 11 sacks for River Ridge last season and forced three fumbles (two recoveries).

An Associated Press all-state and Olympian all-area selection as a junior, Sanders helped the Hawks to a 10-1 record. Their only loss was to North Kitsap in a Class 2A state regional playoff game.

Sanders collected five offers and chose the Cougars over Missouri and Eastern Washington. Last winter, before the offers rolled in, Sanders shared some uncertainty about where he would be following his senior season.

Now, he said he’s confident in his commitment to the Pac-12 school.

“I can focus on my senior season and focus on school more, instead of worrying about where I’m going to go for college,” Sanders said. “Now I already know. Now I can just focus on me.”

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