Tucker’s Chris Sanders now one of Georgia’s hardest recruiters

When 2011 prospect Chris Sanders committed to play football for the University of Georgia, it was actually four days before national signing day for the Class of 2010. It also came on the same day that Deon Rogers de-committed to the Bulldogs and Da’Rick Rogers’ started kissing crystal balls in Knoxville. So Sanders’ news kind of got lost in the shuffle. We sat down with the 6-foot-1, 185-pound safety from Tucker this week to give the young man his due and learn a little more about him. It’s the first in a continuing series of 2011 prospect profiles for the AJC Recruiting Blog.

Q: So you were, of course, the first commitment for Georgia’s class of 2011. I believe you actually committed on Saturday, Jan. 30. That means it will be over a year before you actually sign a letter-of-intent. Why so early?

A: “I just wanted to get everything off my chest. It’s really where I wanted to go. I’ve been a Bulldog since I was younger. Everything about being a Bulldog is good to me. I looked at it like, I’ve been Bulldog all my life so I might as well take it.”

Q: Do you feel any special honor in being Georgia’s first commitment of 2010?

A: “Not really. I didn’t realize it, to tell you the truth. I just felt like I should go ahead and do it, so I did.”

Q: What does it mean to know you’ve got a college scholarship waiting on you and you haven’t even started your senior year yet?

A: “It makes me want to work harder and just go hard all the time. It motivates me.”

Q: What kinds of things are you doing to prepare?

A: “Me and James Vaughters and our quarterback, Norman Hayes, we have a personal trainer, Stephen Campbell over at Rockhard Fitness (of Tucker). We work out a few times a week. Stephen and Curtis Winters and the whole 58 Strong are the best.”

Q: 58 Strong?

A: “It’s the name of the workout group I train with.”

Q: What can you tell us about your background?

A: I was born in raised in Atlanta, in the Tucker-Stone Mountain area. I didn’t play football until I was 10 but loved it once I did. I used to play basketball but now I just run track and play football.”

Q: In what events do you compete in track?

A: “4×100, 4×400, long jump, triple jump. I just came from practice. Man it was cold!”

Q: What positions do you play in football at Tucker?

A: “I do it all. Safety, receiver, punter, punt returner, kick returner, kickoff. I pretty much stay on the field.”

Q: Punter?

A: “Yeah, I’m the punter.”

Q: Is it something you think you could do on the next level?

A: “Yeah, I really do. I average somewhere in the late 30s, 38 or 37 yards. I’d have to work on it but I think I could do it.”

Q: What is Georgia saying they want you to do?

A: “Georgia wants me as a safety. I kind of like that. They run that 3-4 now and that’s what we run so I feel like I’m familiar with it. I’m more of a centerfielder in our defense and can move all over the field to make plays on the ball.”

Q: Does it feel different to be a commitment now rather than a recruited prospect?

A: “Yeah, it feels different. I don’t hear from the other schools now, at least not that I know of. I guess they know I’m solid with Georgia and just stopped calling.”

Q: Have you shut down all other recruiting otherwise? No more visits or anything?

A: “Well, I’m supposed to go to Alabama on the 20th for their junior day. I haven’t decided if I’m going to go or not.”

Q: Are you due back at Georgia anytime soon?

A: “I’m going to UGA for their junior day on the 27th. I’m going with [fellow UGA commitments] Corey Moore and Amarlo Herrera, so I’m looking forward to that.”

Q: Did you know them before they committed?

A: “I’ve met them and we’ve exchanged texts but I’m looking forward to getting to know them better.”

Q: What is your relationship with your high-profile teammate, linebacker James Vaughters?

A: “We’re best friends. I’m trying to him to go to Georgia but he’s got other options.”

Q: I hear he’s got a lot of other options, like maybe 30 offers or so?

A: “He’s probably up there around 25 or 30. Pretty much everybody wants him.”

Q: Do you think your Dogs stand a chance with him?

A: “Oh yeah. I think this will be a strong class. That’s what I’m telling him. I believe we will win a championship up there if we get all the best players from Georgia to come. That’s what me and Corey and Amarlo are telling everybody.”

Q: There’s been a lot of Tucker guys come to Athens, hasn’t there?

A: “Yes, sir, the Tucker pipeline. Thomas Brown, Asher Allen, Patrick Pass. I’d like to keep the tradition going on and on and on. Asher and me are close. We’ve done some camps together and we get together and work on fundamentals. We’ve got to keep that going.”

88 comments Add your comment

BigDawg

February 17th, 2010
4:58 pm

The dawgs will be on top again soon!

White Trash

February 17th, 2010
5:00 pm

First, Good article…

MTN. DAWG

February 17th, 2010
5:00 pm

THIS IS THE TYPE OF YOUNG MAN THAT WE WANT AT UGA. HIS PERSONALITY WHEN HE IS TALKING MAKES ME WANT TO GO BACK THERE AND ,HEY. I`M 76 YEARS OLD. MAYBE MR SHOULD JUST GO AHEAD AND LET THIS FELLOW IN NOW. HE IS A WINNER, AS THE OTHER TWO ARE ALSO. I`M PROUD TO SAY THAT I AM FROM GRIFFIN, AND THE NEW DUDE THAT HAS COMMITED FROM GRIFFIN MAKES ME EVEN MORE PROUD.

White Trash

February 17th, 2010
5:00 pm

MTN. DAWG

February 17th, 2010
5:02 pm

THE DAWGS HAVE BEEN AND WILL ALWAYS BE ON TOP.
THEY ARE NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD. GO DAWGS

TarHeel Buckeye fan

February 17th, 2010
5:04 pm

Congratulations on your commitment to Georgia Chris. Georgia is a great school and it sounds like it will be a great fit for you. Keep working hard on the field and in the classroom and I’m sure you will do well. Good luck this season at Tucker. With the talent returning, you all should definitely be in the hunt for something good, like a State Title.

UGA 2010

February 17th, 2010
5:04 pm

FINALLY!!!!! A good article about UGA. Thanks Chip

Asheville Dawg

February 17th, 2010
5:18 pm

My daughter is a teacher at Tucker and have seen young Mr. Sanders play, quite well I might add.. I’m proud of you you for being the first Dawg in the class of 2011. And yes, if the better high school players would go to UGA, they will play for a number of championships.

Go Dawgs!

Paddy

February 17th, 2010
5:30 pm

He sounds like a Dawg we can all be proud of.

Congrats!!!!

ChuyDawg

February 17th, 2010
5:31 pm

Congrats to Mr. Sanders first of all.

Man, I have been saying this every year. Our coaching staff needs to go find the guys with talent that truly want to play between the hedges. We get so lost with all this rankings and stars crap. Lets get the blue collar boys that will do anything to wear the red and black. Mr. Sanders seems to fit this description, I don’t know where he will be ranked but we will gladly take him. GO DAWGS!!!!

Brookcy

February 17th, 2010
5:50 pm

Congrats Chris, this is Coach Sea, your brothers Coach. You make us proud continue working hard in the classroom and on the field.

Kirby_Smart

February 17th, 2010
5:56 pm

Looking forward to seeing you at our Jr. day on the 20th. You will love it here.

Einsteindawg

February 17th, 2010
6:01 pm

Hooray for Mr. Sanders! This is the type of player and character we want (and need) at UGA. I’ll trade you fifty Me’Ricks, Nickells, and Neon Deons for one Mr. Chris Sanders…welcome to the Dawgnation.

Hi Kriby

February 17th, 2010
6:14 pm

How’s life under Coach Satan’s big thumb?

Kirby_Smart

February 17th, 2010
6:29 pm

Great, now that CMR got me a big raise. Not to mention this big ring I got. Don’t worry, I’m coming home as soon as the head coaching job opens up though.

charles

February 17th, 2010
6:41 pm

He’s commited,but he may go to Alabama for junior day. How is that commited? A commitment means you’re done and there is no reason to go anywhere else. I don’t get it.

jb's house

February 17th, 2010
6:51 pm

The guy is focused on conditioning, very smart. Good that he has a 3-4 background. I like to see a guy who commits early–usually a good sign of character, a guy who is unafraid of commitment, decisive, knows what he wants.

I hope he won’t be visiting other schools and will just stay true to his word to Coach Richt.

Va Dawg

February 17th, 2010
6:59 pm

I agree with Charles…if your commited then why another anything. I really hope this kid doesn’t pull a Darick on us. If your commited kid, then cut out the other crap.

jb's house

February 17th, 2010
7:02 pm

Chip-

Does Richt pull offers if recruits/commits visit other school(s)?

How do other SEC schools handle it?

Lane Kiffin

February 17th, 2010
7:10 pm

Wanna catch a movie Chris, Ill come scoop ya up?

Dawg 1

February 17th, 2010
7:27 pm

Dawgs headed straight to bottem with CMR. What a joke. I predict Dooley man handles the dawgs again. Fire CMR so UGA has a chance to rise to the top.

Dawg 1

February 17th, 2010
7:34 pm

CMR does not pull offers when recruits visits other schools. He sure didn’t pull DA Ricks offer when he visited UT. In fact, CMR visited Da Rick in an attempt to keep his commitment after he found out he was going to visit UT. What a joke.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

February 17th, 2010
7:47 pm

sounds like a great kid and like the fact he choose UGA and shut down everyone else. probably needs to add a little weight for SEC play but he’s got time. Congrats Chris, welcome to the BullDawg Nation!!

willie g hates bill shanks

February 17th, 2010
7:49 pm

wow go dogs.

Tony

February 17th, 2010
7:53 pm

To Dawg1. You are a DOG,one that sleeps under the house. Rather than use Dawg1 why don,t you use Dog as your handle

tenn.DAWG

February 17th, 2010
8:55 pm

Ya gotta love this guy,really loves his state.With such a great institution,you would hope more in state kids would have as much pride.

Dawg 1

February 17th, 2010
9:39 pm

To Tony. Take your blinders off. Will you protect and support CMR if he again gets blown out by both Flordia and Tennessee. Tennessee has been down the last few years and has beaten UGA 3 out of the last 4 years. Beat UGA by 26 last year. Whats going to happen to CMR when UT gets back on top (And they will because they have a Dooley (Dawg) coaching them).

I am sick and tired of getting beat by these teams about every year. Also, getting beat by Vanderbilt and Kentucky. When is the last time either Tennessee or Florida lost to either Vandy or Kentucky. CMR has had ten years to compete and he has not. So he does have a good winning percentage. Just keep watching this percentage keep going down.

Tony you are a gunine CMR supporter. Look what Kiffen did to him last year. I heared one UGA fan call it a fluke. How about holding CMR accountable instead of calling it a fluke.

UGA ALSO

February 17th, 2010
9:48 pm

Gotta get this kid some English courses. Maybe he will take some before he finishes HS. Needs to Use “I” and not “me” in some of his sentences. I have seen him play football and know he can do that. Good luck young fellow.

COLORADO DAWG

February 17th, 2010
10:00 pm

Hey Charles. I think its a good idea for him to go to a few of the junior day camps. At each one he competes against great talent, learns from good coaches, and prepares to be a better player. Coaches have a whole year to try to sway his opinion anyway, so if he goes to Alabama now, its not hurting anything.

Dawgs Bite!

February 17th, 2010
10:12 pm

This young man sounds like he would not pull another DR, regardless. As for his visiting another Jr. day, it will be to his benefit to compete against the better players. It doesn’t suppose any thing else to me other than seeing how he matches up.
This young man has the attitude we want, especially from our state recruits. Glad he is one of us!

Jeff in Calhoun

February 17th, 2010
10:28 pm

OMG, I can see the SEC Championship! Guys like this is what champs are made of.

Jeff in Calhoun

February 17th, 2010
10:31 pm

Dawg 1 = Imposter!
Tennessee sucks and UGA will beat them down this year! I say by at least 2 touch downs!

TampaDawg86

February 17th, 2010
10:33 pm

Wow a young man that knows where he wants to play I’m loving it! That Tucker pipeline has been pretty nice to the Dawgs! Goodluck with your senior year Chris and keep on them books! Go Dawgs!!

Red Dog 77

February 17th, 2010
10:47 pm

Dawg 1………It is pretty apparent to me that you are 19-24 yrs.old, and get a kick out of ‘rattling the cage’. I would consider your comments less than mature if you are indeed a University of Georgia fan. You sound alot like BuLLdawg to me , mabe you are just a clever little GT fan. Whatever the case may be, if you have concerns, state them in a mature way. If you are a GT boy……try to be a man, and be who you really are. Most who come to this site, come here for mature discussion concerning UGA football. Grow up and try your best to educate yourself as to what a ‘real’ college football fan behaves like……Regards, RED

Red Dog 77

February 17th, 2010
10:51 pm

Jeff in Calhoun…….Yer Dern Tootin, my friend……..Now you my friend, are a damn good DOG. RED

Dawg 1

February 17th, 2010
10:56 pm

Jeff in Calhoun – Another CMR supporter with blinders on. If Tennessee sucks what does this say about CMR. Why does a great coach and University allow a team that sucks to beat the crap out of them three of four years.

Jeff don’t call me an imposter. Is it so hard to believe that a Dawg fan does not support CMR. I am getting tired of losing year in and year out to the best teams in the SEC. Its about time for UGA to become one of the best teams. Thats why CMR needs to go. Dawg supporters of CMR just can’t face facts.

Red Dog 77

February 17th, 2010
11:01 pm

Now…back to the subject…The Sanders kid sounds great ! I got a gut feeling he is going to strengthen that Tucker pipeline, and bring his buddy along to UGA with him. Welcome ! Chris ! and remember, hit the books hard ! and hit the guys who are not wearing RED and BLACK that much harder. GO DOGS !!!! GATA

Dawg 1

February 17th, 2010
11:09 pm

Red Dog 77 – Another CMR supporter with blinders. Please answer a question for me Red Dog. Why is it so hard for you to believe that a Dawg fan does not support CMR? CMR is no better then an average at best coach. He will never take UGA to the top.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

February 18th, 2010
12:02 am

Vaughters is the key to this class on ther defensive side……

Newnan Dawg

February 18th, 2010
1:41 am

Dawg 1 – I am sorry you don’t like CMR. I personally think he is the best head coach we have had at Georgia since BEFORE Dooley left. The last time I checked football is a TEAM sport. What position has CMR played on offense and defense? What are his playing stats? I too am not happy with the record against Tennessee and Florida lately but I don’t believe firing CMR will cause that to change. The only way it will change is to recruit better personnel and coach them up to their potential. Willie failed in that respect and therefore we got beat – not out played but beat! Your defenses can not give up as many points each week as we have done since Willie took over. He is gone now lets see what the new staff can do before we cut off the head. Continue to support the TEAM and work to make it better rather than cutting it down because you don’t like CMR!

Dawg 1

February 18th, 2010
6:48 am

I’m sorry guys, I don’t mean to be so mean. Its just well when my urges start, I get kinda mean. My nutsac itches so I try soo hard to lick it and when I finally get there……OMG! I feel better now.

falcon

February 18th, 2010
7:16 am

Chris Sanders is gonna be one fine Dawg! Good job young man.

Dawg 1

February 18th, 2010
7:40 am

Newnan Dog – You make some great points above. Its not that I don’t like CMR. I know that he is a good man. He is one of the best coach’s UGA as had. However, I think UGA can do better.

Also, the Dawg 1 comment above that starts with ” I’m sorry guys, I don’t…” was made by an imposter. Comment must have been made by a gutless pea brain. Does’t have guts enough to make comment under his own name.

South Ga Dawg

February 18th, 2010
7:43 am

NOW THATS WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!!! EVERYBODY JUMP ON BOARD, UGA WILL BE AT THE TOP SOON PUNKS!!!

hiveredtech

February 18th, 2010
8:10 am

How can Chris Sanders be “COMMITTED” if he is still going to visit Alabama?
Definition of commitment: the act of binding yourself to a course of action

Florida over Georgia

February 18th, 2010
8:15 am

Keep recruiting “good kids” and let Coach Richt be a father figure and Georgia will continue to be in Florida’s rearview mirror. Florida recruits the best players period from all over the country.

VolNation

February 18th, 2010
8:48 am

We’ll take him just like we took Da’Rick. UGA Recruits only commit to UGA so they can eventually come to Tennessee.

You’ll finish behind this year just like you did last year. You will always be fighting for middle tier in the SEC.

RxDawg

February 18th, 2010
9:02 am

That news about Bennet is absolutely horrible :(

JB

February 18th, 2010
9:06 am

Kirby……… This is the ONLY place you can express yourself. How’s that big’ol piece of duct tape doing on your face ?

JB

February 18th, 2010
9:09 am

Georgia’s 2011 class will be top 5. the peach state is loaded and the Dawgs will get 15-18 of the top 25, which will place us high. Yes, I know it doesn’t translate into wins…..yet. Keep an eye on Dooley. He will get 5 or 6 blue chippers next year from Georgia.