As national signing day approaches on Feb. 1, Brandon Chatmon is breaking down every commitment and signee in the Sooners' 2012 recruiting class. View all of our profiles here.
Name: Zack Sanchez
Height, Weight: 6-foot, 165 pounds
Hometown/School: Keller, Texas/Central
Committed: Jan. 30, 2012
Scout grade: 75. Three star prospect.
Scout rankings: No. 64 cornerback, No. 226 in Midlands Region, No. 172 in Texas
Picked OU over: Baylor, Boise State, Kansas State, Houston and others
State of the position: Playing against the pass-happy attacks of the Big 12, OU could use as many cornerbacks as possible. The Sooners lack of depth at the position hurt them in 2011 and OU is looking to make it a position of strength in 2012, so the opportunity to earn playing time is apparent.
Pros: “Shows good tackling ability and is quick to support the run. Sanchez's skill set translates to a great fit as a Cover 2 corner at the next level. Displays adequate transition skills, does have the ability to drop his weight and drive downhill on underneath routes.” - ESPN analyst
Cons: “Shows good game speed at the high school level to pull away from defenders but just adequate as a corner at the next level. Must improve his top and speed and COD skills in order to develop into a cover corner..” - ESPN analyst
Similar to/potential role: Aaron Colvin. Much like Colvin, Sanchez is an overlooked prospect. He has superb ball skills and, since man-to-man coverage isn’t his forte, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him line up at safety at some point during his OU career. Could become a solid cornerback and/or safety, much like Colvin is.
Expected impact: 2013. He probably needs to redshirt and put on some pounds but he could earn some time on special teams in 2012 because he is a playmaker. Best case scenario, OU doesn’t need him this fall then he is poised to make an immediate impact as a redshirt freshman in 2013.