Placer's Stone Sander gives verbal commitment to Sacramento State

By: Matthew Kimel / Journal sports editor
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Stone Sander, a senior on the Placer High School football team, verbally committed to Sacramento State Sunday. Sander, a two-way starter for the Hillmen (6-0, 1-0 Pioneer Valley League), has been offered a full ride, according to his father, Troy Minton-Sander. “I think they chose me because I’m an all-around athlete,” Sander said Tuesday after football practice. “I can play a lot of places. I chose them because they were honest with me. They are the only people who actually offered. Everybody else wanted me to wait. I feel like I’ll actually play there, hopefully all four years.” Other schools had expressed interest in the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Hillman, but the Hornets offered an appealing package. “We felt the staff at Sac did an amazing job of making Stone feel as part of their team, and they have specific plans for him to come in as a freshman and compete as either a defensive end or tight end,” wrote Minton-Sander, a former Hillmen football player himself, in an email to the Journal. “We feel it’s the best fit for Stone.” Sander also likes Sacramento’s proximity to Auburn. “Staying home was big to me,” he said. “I want to stay close to my family.” Sander is the third player on Joey Montoya’s squad to verbally commit to a university this season, including fellow defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes (Southern California) and quarterback Peter Denham (Northern Arizona). Sander, who plays a big role on the offensive line in the Hillmen’s ground game, is also a huge down-the-field threat. He has seven catches for 198 yards and four touchdowns this season. His 28.29 yards-per-catch average is the highest on the team. Sander and the Hillmen host Bear River (6-0, 1-0) Friday night. “We’re all fired up,” he said of the showdown. “We need to play our best game of the year so far. We need to come out and execute.” Reach Matthew Kimel at Follow him on Twitter @matthewkimel