January 31, 2008

Sanders updates his status with Ole Miss

Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt was due to make a in-home visit on Suwanee, Ga. defensive back Brandon Sanders Wednesday night, but the visit boils down to not much more than a formality as the Peachtree Ridge prospect is firmly set to sign with the Rebels next Wednesday on National Signing Day.

Sanders has been committed to the Rebels since last July and has come through the coaching change as firmly set to head to Oxford next summer as he was when he first committed.

Sanders commitment has been re-enforced by a visit to Oxford in mid-January as well has having a lot of contact with his new position coach, Chris Vaughn.

"I actually started talking with some other schools and was looking hard at Middle Tennessee State during the coaching change," Sanders said. "But, coach Vaughn called me and told me that while MTSU is a good school, that I'm SEC material and Ole Miss is where I need to play. I've always wanted to play in the SEC."

"Coach (Tracy) Rocker is recruiting me, but coach Vaughn is who I talk to most of the time," Sanders said. "He's impressed and excited to have me. I was worried, but not any more."

Sanders made a trip to Ole Miss for the Florida game and was impressed with Ole Miss and Oxford.

"It was a great game, they should have won that game," Sanders said. "I stayed with my good friend, (Rebel basketball player) Zach Graham and I had a great time. We've been friends and have known one another for a long time."

Graham quarterbacked Peachtree Ridge to the 5-A state championship in 2006, Sanders' junior season.

Sanders said Ole Miss' impressive play in some close losses have a lot of recruits thinking that things could turn around at real quick after finishing 3-9 last season.

"I talked to a lot of recruits who were up when I visited," Sanders said. "The feeling between recruits and some of the current players is that Ole Miss is real close and a good recruiting class could give the Rebels enough depth to be very competitive in the SEC."

Also, not lost on Sanders is the number of Georgia natives who will be in this year's recruiting class.

Sanders is joined by wider receiver Melvin Harris from Buford, linebacker Jason Jones from Albany, defensive end Gerald Rivers from Ellenwood, and Justin Smith from Alpharetta.

While Rebel fans have known about Harris for only a few days, Sanders is very familiar with Harris and his game.

"We played at the Georgia 7-on-7 camp last summer," Sanders said. "We are in different divisions, so we didn't play against one another last fall, but I know him from the camp."

"He looked pretty good in camp," Sanders said. "He's tall, lanky and needs to bulk up some. But his size (6-foot-6, 190 pounds) alone gives him a big advantage. He runs well and we must have played 20 games and I don't remember him dropping any passes, so he's got good hands."

While many fans and coaches will be sweating the final days of the 2008 recruiting season and signing day, Sanders apparently is not one that Rebel fans or coaches have to worry about.

"I'm going to be a Rebel," Sanders said.

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