As first reported by Kyle Fredrickson of The Oklahoman, Stanford running back Barry J. Sanders will transfer to Oklahoma State after he graduates from Stanford this June.
Sanders later confirmed the news on his Twitter account:
I will be joining the Oklahoma State football program following my graduation from Stanford in June #GoPokes https://t.co/LM07deUR6O— Barry J. Sanders (@BarryJSanders26) February 11, 2016
It had long been speculated that Sanders would be a grad transfer candidate for Oklahoma State, and now the son of the 1988 Heisman Winner gets the chance to play for his father's alma mater. As a grad transfer, Sanders will be eligible to play immediately.
Sanders elaborated on his decision to Frederickson:
"They've got my full commitment, and I'm looking forward to being there come late June," Sanders said. "Just being a part of the program and being able to get a chance to officially say I'm a Poke will be something special for me personally."
So what will Sanders mean to the Oklahoma State program? He'll likely have a shot to start, but here's some more analysis from SB Nation's Oklahoma State blog, Cowboys Ride for Free:
The Cowboys' leading rusher for the season was Chris Carson, who had 517 yards and four touchdowns. Sanders rushed for 315 yards on only 51 attempts and reached the end zone just as many times in 2015. On the road against Oregon State, Sanders had his best game of the year, rushing for 97 yards and two touchdowns and averaging 13.7 yards per carry. Of course, that was with one of the best offensive lines in the country. It's been tossed around that only the second coming of Barry Sanders could run behind this line. Well, here he is. Literally.
Sanders finishes his Stanford career with 672 rushing yards and 5 rushing touchdowns.