AJC Super 11 candidate: Tucker FS Chris Sanders

Since 1985, the AJC’s Super 11 team has transformed into one of the nation’s most elite lists, consisting of the best 11 high school football players from the talent-loaded state of Georgia. Over the next few weeks, we’ll go over the top candidates for this year’s AJC Super 11, which will be released on Aug. 15)

The AJC Super 11 candidate: Tucker FS Chris Sanders

The skinny: The 6-foot, 181-pound Sanders plays everywhere on the field for Tucker. He is projected to play safety in college. As a sophomore in 2008, Sanders started a few games at linebacker on the Class AAAA state championship team. Last year, Sanders started both ways at free safety (32 tackles, 2 caused fumbles, 1 interception, 1 tackle for loss) and wide receiver (7 receptions for 158 yards and 2 TDs). He also handled the team’s punting duties, averaging 35 yards per punt. This year, Tucker will spread Sanders around on offense, while he will rotate between linebacker and safety on defense, while playing all special teams.

Colleges: Sanders was UGA’s first commitment for its 2011 recruiting class.

They said it: “Although [Sanders] does not have a prototypical linebacker body, he has the type of violent physicality that allows him to be successful at any position on defense.” Tucker assistant Harrison Spurlock.

The lowdown: Sanders may be the best athlete in Tucker’s football program, which is saying a lot. The Tigers are one of the state’s top annual producers of college prospects. With Tucker linebacker James Vaughters (another rising senior, committed to Stanford) hindered by a broken wrist last year, Sanders filled the void as a defensive playmaker. Many of his best plays didn’t show up in the stat category, as they were big hits in the secondary. If you’re a wide receiver going over the middle, beware of Sanders trying to knock your head off. However, Sanders is not nearly as intimidating on run defense, just doing whatever is necessary to make the sure tackle. On pass defense, Sanders has excellent range, instincts and closing speed at safety. He is “high risk, high reward” type of defender — willing to gamble on a game-changing plays when the ball is heaved into the air. He plays with extreme aggression, although offenses can use that against him on play-action and misdirection plays. He is ideal size for a high school safety, but will need to get bigger and stronger for college. Like most high school kids, he tackles way too high but can get away with it at this level.

If it was completely my vote: His toughest competition will come from his teammate, Vaughters, as it is tough but not impossible for two teammates to make the AJC’s Super 11. Chris Sanders is a great high school player, and I love how he never comes off the field yet keeps up a high caliber of play. There are a lot of things to like about Sanders.

Note: The AJC’s Super 11 team consists of the state’s top 11 senior football players, and not college prospects. It is selected by AJC staff members in a partnership with our friends from GHSFD, based on observing the player either in person or on film. A very important part of the process is getting recommendations and feedback from high school coaches from around the state, along with running the names by a few college coaches. It’s an imperfect process, but we do our best. The AJC’s 2010 Super 11 team will be released next month.

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28 comments Add your comment

dboy jones

July 23rd, 2010
11:11 pm

Chris is a nice athlete with a nasty attitude on the field. He will be a great addition for the Bulldogs. I see him playing WR on the college level. He has excellent hands!!

dboy jones

July 23rd, 2010
11:12 pm

Oh yea… I was first!!

H.S. Coach

July 24th, 2010
12:36 am

Good grief Kevin, is you life that misserable that you can’t even let a kid be happy that he’s going to a great university? Give it a rest already.

Mark "Crimson Crier" Ingram

July 24th, 2010
1:00 am

He will be cleansed by the Tide!

Brosef Stalin

July 24th, 2010
3:47 am

I second Kevin on this one. I cant wait to turn this athlete into the life of the party in athens


July 24th, 2010
8:19 am

Who is Kevin?

destin dawg

July 24th, 2010
9:26 am

Chris = great athlete at Dback and on special teams….. Lakaots will coach himup…. Dream Team keeps getting better.. Athens = best college town !!

bitter hersall talker

July 24th, 2010
10:15 am

a playa much like myself who never came off the fields, most dont no that i was a all american at linebacker too, so i will be watching this cat real close. play with heart and desirer and you to can make the hersall talker best in georgia top 10, chris sanders my #3 preseason pick for 2010 senior playa’s. ps this may be the most tallent loaded high school class in georgia in 10 years, GT needs to focus on in state recruiting and scupp up before all the out of state sharks pick the bones clean. see yaaw in athens look for my 1980 black trans am with gold eagle on the hood, a gift from—–well daddy work hard that year!!! hahahah

Michael Carvell

July 24th, 2010
10:20 am

@DBoy Jones, that is interesting that you think that Chris Sanders — who also starts at WR at Tucker — can play WR in college. I’m not so sure. He seems to catch the ball more against his chest rather than out in front of his body with his hands. He also missed a couple of balls I felt he should’ve intercepted at DB, but he broke up the pass so he did his job. He also will need to work on running more crisp routes and protecting the football (switching hands). Now the one thing I LOVE about Chris with the ball in his hands is that he has superior field vision. He really knows how to use his downfield blockers, finds the seams well, and accelerates just fast enough to elude the trailing pursuit.

Oddibe Young (again)

July 24th, 2010
11:58 am

Another great GEORGIA BULLDOG. Sounds like another Thomas Davis, a DB who loves contact.

It's not about stars

July 25th, 2010
5:15 am

Four or five stars or no stars. It’s not about star rating, it’s about football players. I hate the big headed star recruits who feel they are honoring schools with their presence. College football has almost reached the point of no return where fans will lose interest and support.
Street thugs breaking laws and living street lives and still feel the public will worship them is soon going to be a thing of the past. CMR and other coaches will begin to pursue character and not just athletic ability. Are we not sick of arrests and dreadlocks and burns and tattoos? Isn’t it time the athletes we chose can put more than three words together in a sentence and can talk without “you know” a hundred times. I like the game but I don’t like what the college football scene has become. It’s time to go back so we can move forward.
College football is falling like a rock with its win at any cost mentality. Won’t you come home Vince Dooley?

yea right

July 25th, 2010
10:53 am

well see how good he is on aug 27 . all hell is going to break loose when that monster of a team that SWD has this year takes on tucker and shows the world that they have the most talented and deep team in the state. they are loaded at every position and i mean loaded they have the sour taste from last year in their mouths .


July 25th, 2010
11:49 am

I still don’t get chosing a school so early. So much will happen between now and his signing day. Why don’t these kids just say I like some teams, but I will wait to see where I fit in best in 2 years. Hell, my 8th grade niece is a UGA fan because of her dad, but she goes to Ga. Tech Vollyball camps and really likes the coaches. I guess she should pick UGA the day she plays her first High School game. A 16 yr. old picking a school is the same as picking a car. He will change his mind a few times and probably still make a bad decision. Bad gas milage, high insurance, and low safety rating, but DAMN I LOOK GOOD in IT. Son why did you pick UGA? Well, I have to say the coach, the facilities, the campus life, and the other players. What will you be studing? Classes hell I don’t know I haven’t even been to any classes yet. How do I know what I want to study?

Home boy

July 25th, 2010
3:28 pm

Mr toad Picking a school is very easy. If you are born in or attending HS in Ga and have been offered a scholarship then you pick an in state school to repay the people that has paid for your education and training. If you are not interested (loyalty not being one of your good points) in playing for a Ga school then you should pack up and move to the state that your unloyal self will be playing for. In other words don’t scrounge off of the Ga taxpayers and then play for the enemy. As you see the choice for many players is easy. Don’t waste blog space about the player shopping around for a school that is best for him since that has already been explained above.


July 25th, 2010
5:43 pm


The Watcher

July 25th, 2010
7:04 pm

@yeah right. SWD is always loaded with talent yet the coaches can’t seem to get them over that hump. Tucker is well coached at EVERY position and the kids follow suit. Stephenson is loaded yet they can’t win. All of this pre-season talk is just that..talk. Chris Sanders is a stud but if he didnt have the hard hand of Coach Stephens and his staff, not sure how he would turn out. Great kid but he has a street edge that could take him down the wrong path. He’s a super 11. So is Vaughters. Tucker also has a few secret weapons this year, so be very aware of one NASTY back field.
PS. DBOY, you’re not Patrick Pass, you’re an idiot.

true blue

July 25th, 2010
10:28 pm

All we do is win SCHOLARSHIP at STEPHENSON and SWD

The Watcher

July 25th, 2010
11:00 pm

Hayes (Stanford, Vaughters (Stanford), Sanders (Georgia), J. Garrent (Aub, Kentucky, etc.) Epps (Louisville), Brishir (Ala, Central Fl). Rivers (UAB), and thats just a few of the offensive guys (Sanders plays everywhere so he was added) . I’ll do a little more research and give you the defense later, TRUE BLUE.


July 25th, 2010
11:13 pm

Good thing everybody knows there are only 2 playoff spots left in REGION 6-4A. So Marist,Dunwoody,Miller Grove will have fight to the finish.

Tucker Lions

July 27th, 2010
2:21 pm

It is GREAT to see ANOTHER former Tucker Lion go on to play football at the next level. A lot of kids have come right out of park ball from Tucker ready to play HS football. Tucker has a great program from Park to High School they get it done. Long Live TFL and it’s Tucker Lions.

karate kidd

July 27th, 2010
3:13 pm

I hope Chris Sanders has help in the secondary. Even though its a scrimmage game when they play M.L.K. That team has possibly the best receiving core ive seen in about 15 years. That new coaching staff they have is doing a great job so far. They have demolished teams in those passing leagues from georgia to florida.

Former Tucker Student!

July 28th, 2010
12:55 am

As a former tucker student i know alot about these boys personally! Sanders is awesome he works super hard just to get ahead! Vaugthers is a freaking genius as well as a great player! Coach Stephens works these boys like crazy! They Have the most intense practices ever! He has them lifting weights and practicing since school let out in may! They are determined to get another state championship! They have a great school and community behind them one of the best set of fans i have ever seen! They Also have alot of other students who are great too like Epps (louisville) this boy is big! he is a great player and smart as well! Garret(aub) and more they are training these boys to get ready for the college level! Now I am a girl but i know alot about college and high school football… The Reason why this team does so well is because of there support going to a Tucker Tiger football game on friday nights is like going to a NFL game! There is that much love win or lose! This is going to be a great season just watch and see!

SWD Panther Paw

July 28th, 2010
11:36 am

Tucker must have better support players this year because both Sanders and Vaughters were there last year and they still got blanked by SWD 26-0…..


August 9th, 2010
6:04 pm

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August 9th, 2010
6:04 pm

Michael how do you feel about Mays high QB homer


August 30th, 2010
2:21 am

ahh mann chris my lil cuzzin watched him grow from a yunggin up to now we so proud of u chris keep up the good work and steer away from negative energy i love u boi… o yea #1 we gotta go all da way this year

tucker fan

August 30th, 2010
11:33 pm

afta reading this i feel bad for swd!!!!!!!!!!! yall got beat 50 to 19 by tucker


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