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Seffner Christian’s Saunders commits to Olivet Nazarene
Posted May 15, 2012 by Bill Ward
Updated May 15, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Seffner Christian senior Garrett Saunders has accepted a dual sports scholarship for football and baseball from Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Illinois, Crusaders athletic director Andy Holmes announced.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Saunders has led Seffner Christian’s football team in receptions and touchdowns the last two seasons but has also seen duty at tailback, tight end, wide receiver, safety and punter. He also competed in last season’s Hillsborough County All-Star game at Raymond James Stadium.
At ONU, an NAIA school, Saunders is being recruited as a tight end and H-back. In baseball, Saunders was named to the All-Bay Conference team four straight years and, in 2011, was named Class 1A-District 13 Player of the Year 2011 and was first team all-state in 1A. He will be joining the Tigers pitching staff, which has rolled up 16 consecutive winning seasons.
Saunders received offers from 34 different schools to play football, baseball or both. He made visits to Ohio State, Samford and Stetson before deciding on ONU. Saunders is the first football player to land a football scholarship from Seffner Christian’s two-year-old football program and the first Crusaders player in school history to sign a dual sport scholarship, Holmes said.