May 6, 2012
Jalen Saunders of Pleasant Grove accepts football scholarship to Oklahoma after Fresno State transfer

saunders.jpgJalen Saunders has found a new football home.

The receiver out of Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove who played two seasons at Fresno State has committed to the Oklahoma Sooners after a weekend visit to the Norman campus.

Saunders, a sophomore known for his speed, also had visits with Texas A&M and Washington, and he considered Sacramento State, where he could have played right away this fall.

Saunders will have to sit out a year, per NCAA Division I transfer rules. At Oklahoma, Saunders will join former Sierra College All-American receiver Courtney Gardner, who signed with the Sooners after giving an earlier commitment to Arkansas.

Saunders led Fresno State in receiving in earning All-Western Athletic Conference honors last fall. He had 50 catches for 1,065 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns and also made plays on special teams.

Saunders decided to leave Fresno State after a new coaching staff came on board and suggested he move to slot receiver. At 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, Saunders prefers to be a deep threat on the outside. Saunders did not feel that he fit in with a new scheme during Fresno State's spring workouts.
- By Joe Davidson
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