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Academics, football attract Trey Sanders to Campbell

Former Riverdale wide receiver Trey Sanders, who committed to Campbell University, scored 13 touchdowns this past season for the Raiders. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

Former Riverdale wide receiver Trey Sanders, who committed to Campbell University, scored 13 touchdowns this past season for the Raiders. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

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Former Riverdale wide receiver Trey Sanders, who committed to Campbell University, scored 13 touchdowns this past season for the Raiders. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

RIVERDALE — Some colleges might have passed on former Riverdale wide receiver Trey Sanders because of his size, but there is no mistaking his ability.

This past season, the 5-foot-10 Sanders was one of the Raiders most productive players. He had 36 receptions for 578 yards and three touchdowns. And he was also one of the top return specialist in the area with eight kickoff and two punt returns for scores.

Last week, Sanders decided to take his football talent to Campbell University, a NCAA Football Championship Subdivision school in Buies Creek, N.C., which is 29 miles south of Raleigh.

Campbell competes in the Patriot Football League, the nation’s only non-scholarship football league. Between the school’s academic package offered, Sanders will get a free ride.

He has a 3.5 grade-point average at Riverdale.

“It is a great fit for him,” Riverdale coach Terry Herrod said. “It is a great location, and it’s exactly the type of situation his parents wanted him in. He is a low-key, quiet kid, and that is the perfect environment for him.”

Last season, the Camels were 3-9 in Mike Minter’s first season at the helm. Minter is a former 10-year NFL veteran, who was also a standout at Nebraska in the late 1990s.

“When I visited the campus, it felt just like home,” said Sanders, who is also the starting point guard on the Riverdale’s basketball team. “I really like the other players and coaches, and they made me feel at home. I think the campus was right for me.”

And that visit prompted him to commit to the school upon his return home.

“I’m going to like it there,” Sanders said. “I feel like I can contribute to the team this coming season.”

Sanders is the fourth Riverdale player to commit to a college. Players can sign their scholarship offers on National Signing Day next month to make it official.

Last week, standout wide receiver Rashad Canty committed to Vanderbilt while defensive back Isa Muhammed is committed to Kennesaw State. Former Raiders defensive end Chinedu Okonya is committed to Furman.