The speculation about Derek Dooley’s future at Tennessee hasn’t stopped the coach from recruiting well in the state of Georgia.
Tennessee picked up its third Georgia commitment for 2013 when Joe Sanders pledged to the Volunteers on Wednesday night.
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end from LaGrange High School said he picked Tennessee over football scholarship offers from South Florida, Western Kentucky, Central Florida, Eastern Kentucky and South Alabama.
“I committed tonight because I had it made up in my mind that I wanted to go to Tennessee,” Sanders told the AJC. “I liked the atmosphere, the coaches, and how they push you once you’re down there.”
Sanders said he gave the news directly to Dooley during a phone conversation. “Coach said, ‘I’m glad. I’ve been watching you since (summer) camp.”
What about all the rumors about Dooley? “I’ve heard things, but I haven’t really looked into it. Coach Dooley hasn’t said anything about that (the topic), so it doesn’t mean that much.”
Sanders transferred from Troup to archrival LaGrange for his senior year. He’s ranked as the No. 119 overall prospect in Georgia by 247sports.
Tennessee’s other two 2013 commits from Georgia are DB Cameron Sutton of Jonesboro High School and LB Zach Barnes of Grayson High School.
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