Sanders, Willis, Smith among decade's top sleeper recruits

Updated: February 5, 2008, 12:58 PM ET
By Bruce Feldman | ESPN The Magazine

In honor of signing day, this week's list tackles the best Division I-A sleeper recruits of the past decade. (I didn't take into account JC transfers, small-school players or walk-ons like Owen Schmitt.)

1. Bob Sanders, Iowa: The 5-foot-8, 205-pound defensive back is 3 inches shorter than the ideal safety, but Sanders' speed, instincts and toughness have more than made up for his so-called shortcomings. The Erie, Pa., native wanted to go to Penn State, but the Nittany Lions never ...

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