Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy five-star running back Trey Sanders plans to visit Alabama when the ‘Dead Period’ comes to an end later this month. The 6-foot, 214-pound back, who was once a Crimson Tide commit, explains why he plans to head to Tuscaloosa to end the summer.

“Bama is just different, that’s the reason I committed, so I just want to go there to get another chance to talk to the coaches again, build that relationship,” Sanders said.

Despite de-committing from Alabama, Sanders says the Crimson Tide have remained in constant contact with him.

“It’s been like text me every day, call me every day. I talk to Coach [Mike] Locksley about twice a week, and we’ve built a great relationship over time.”

Florida is also in the picture for Sanders, who now has his older brother, Umstead, on the roster.

“The main recruiter over there is pretty much my brother,” Sanders said of Florida. “He calls me every day and stuff like that. He knows what’s up and I always talk to him about it and he’s going to keep me up on what’s going on around there.”

The Gators are trying to leverage that family connection to get the five-star to pick UF.

“Come play with your brother, you’ve always wanted to play with your brother, so they got the edge on me,” Sanders said of the message he gets from Florida’s coaching staff. “I think that’s a pretty good thing to have the opportunity to come play with my older brother.”

How much does that family connection help Florida?

“It helps them some. I felt the same way about Florida before he went there, so it’s nothing really different for me.”

Sanders expanded on that topic even more.

“I still look at it as any other school, because at the end of the day me and my brother, we have different paths, but if our paths end up at Florida, they end up at Florida. As of right now, I’m just trying to take my time and just try to evaluate all the schools I can, because he’s in a different position than I am.”

Overall, Sanders explained what it is about UF that keeps them in the picture.

“It’s close to home. I want to be close to home and family. Then, my mom is a Florida Gator fan too.”

Sanders is originally from Port St. Joe, which is just down the road from Florida State. The Seminoles also remain in contact with the talented back.

“I text Coach Walt [Bell] pretty much every day. He’s a real cool dude. I’m probably going to try to take a visit to Florida State sometime, probably try to catch a game sometime this season while I’m home.”

What is it about FSU that Sanders likes?

“The new coaching staff, they’re so laid back, I can relate with them. The conversations with Coach Taggart are always meaningful.”

Sanders plans to graduate early and sign during the Early Signing Period. He will take five official visits and then make a college decision during the fall.

“Probably mid-season towards [early] signing day, between like October and November, something like that,” he said of a commitment timeline.

The industry generated 247Sports Composite currently ranks Sanders as the nation’s No. 7 overall prospect and the No. 1 running back in the 2019 class.