By HARVEY SIMPSON
Dispatch Sports Editor
CORDELE — Scout.com’s Rusty Mansell saw tape on Crisp County High linebacker Tommy Sanders and knew right away he was “a football player.”
And judging by the interest several colleges are showing, he was right, South recruiting analyst Chad Simmons wrote in a story originally published on SuperPrep.com.
“Thanks to film sent out by Cougar coaches on the 6-1, 190-pound rising senior, word is spreading very quickly about Sanders’ talent,” Simmons said.
The University of Central Florida invited Sanders to its campus for Junior Day and then two days later became the first school to offer him a scholarship.
“His nose for the football is what jumps out first on film,” wrote Simmons who came here for a visit with Sanders, Cougars head mentor Tommy Walburn and a couple of Crisp assistant coaches.
“I was impressed,” continued Simmons who described Sanders as “a raw athlete who knows how to get to the football and make the tackle” and predicted that he’ll be able to add 20-30 pounds to his frame.
“He’s a big hitter who finds the football quickly and is a tackling machine.
“After watching about five minutes of film, I walked away comparing him to (former Tucker High standout) linebacker Tavares Kearney who signed with Georgia in 2005 and was always around the football when playing in high school.”
Since word got out on Sanders, Walburn says Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and a few others have called to inquire about him.
All have requested film of him in action and have said they will be in town to see him during spring drills next month.
A hard worker anxious to become the Cougars’ most highly-sought recruit if late, Sanders finished last season with 118 tackles, 20 sacks and two interceptions.
By HARVEY SIMPSON
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