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Barry Sanders Jr. looks a lot like Barry Sanders when it comes to playing football

With a name like Barry Sanders Jr., you almost have to be good at football, right?

Turns out that Sanders, son of the Detroit Lions' Hall of Fame running back of the same name, is. Playing for 5-0 Heritage Hall (Okla.) High School, Sanders has rushed for 970 yards and 14 touchdowns. His best performance came Friday against Tulsa NOAH; he scored five touchdowns -- three in a four-carry span -- and ran for 313 yards on 13 carries.

Yahoo's Cam Smith reports that Sanders is considering his dad's alma mater, Oklahoma State, Alabama, UCLA and Florida State.

"I haven't really felt much pressure, because my family hasn't really been pressuring me," Sanders said. "I think that when people start feeling the pressure, it's because it's coming from the family and the people you're around. But nobody I'm really close with has been pressuring me into it, so I feel like I can go anywhere I want to."

Sanders said he's in no hurry to announce his decision.

"That's something I'll have to think about," he said. "I'll go through the process and see who I want to visit, and go from there. I don't know if I'll make it before signing day or what, but I'm going to play it by ear."

While you wait, compare and contrast his running style with that of his dad.

By Cindy Boren  | October 5, 2010; 2:01 PM ET
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Barry Jr. is clearly a man amongst boys at the high school level, and he shows great breakaway speed.

I'm very curious to see how that translate to the next level.

Posted by: jmounadi | October 5, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Time will tell about Jr., but Sr. was the most amazing and exciting back I ever saw play. Only runner that I thought was never really shut down, but just one play away from breaking one off when the game ended. Play shown against Tampa pretty much epitomizes the way I remember Barry Sanders - nothing there, turn and make something out of nothing - that and the play in which he totally had the Pats DB turned around every which way - pure Barry Sanders.

If Jr., turns out to be half the runner his father was, he'll have a heck of a career. Good luck to the younger Sanders.

Posted by: notamullethead | October 5, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Granted it's against high schoolers, but the kid seems legitimately faster (doubtful he's quicker) than his father. (Honestly, I suppose there's no way to say this for sure - not like I ever saw clips of Sr. from high school.)

He certainly appears to hand the ball off to the ref after scoring just like his dad. That's kinda old-school cool.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | October 5, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

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