Georgia LB commits to Texas A&M over Ohio State

Texas A&M’s move to SEC is paying off with its recruiting efforts in Georgia.

The Aggies landed another big-time talent when Tommy Sanders committed to them on Tuesday night.

LB Tommy Sanders (kjccc.com)

LB Tommy Sanders (kjccc.com)

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker is from Crisp County High School and played the last two seasons at Butler junior college in Kansas. He is ranked as a 4-star recruit by ESPN.

Sanders picked Texas A&M over runner-up Ohio State, while also considering offers from South Carolina and Mississippi State.

“Playing in the SEC, coming from the South, that was a goal for me,” Sanders told the AJC. “Texas A&M had been recruiting me for a while, I’ve got a good relationship with the coaches, and there’s a good chance for me to come in and be a leader on that defense.”

Coming out of high school, Sanders committed to Central Florida but never enrolled because of NCAA Clearinghouse issues.

After having his NCAA appeal denied, Sanders finally decided to attend a junior college, and a family friend, Dooly County High School assistant Jamaal Zanders, contacted Butler, which happened to have one scholarship spot remaining – and it was for a linebacker.

“The kid is a ballhawk and he will have an instant impact for Texas A&M,” Zanders said.

Texas A&M also beat out UGA and South Carolina for former Sandy Creek High School WR Ja’Quay Williams, who spent this fall at prep school.

Sanders will have two years of eligibility at Texas A&M while Williams will have four. The Aggies are also in the running for several other Georgia prospects, including DB Shaq Wiggins, who is committed to UGA.

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63 comments Add your comment

Moist Dawg

December 19th, 2012
12:45 am

Ryan

December 19th, 2012
1:05 am

a&m is really loading up on these intellectual types.

Reggie

December 19th, 2012
2:19 am

Maybe the Puppies should do the same!

GT = 11 time loser to Mark Richt

December 19th, 2012
5:47 am

Watch out, Bammers. Your days of dominating the West are over. A&M will be controlling the Western division soon.

A&M

December 19th, 2012
6:49 am

Go easy Ryan. Most of UGA’s players are special admits too. 73 percent

RHall55

December 19th, 2012
6:53 am

How many schollies does A&M have to give??

Buckeye

December 19th, 2012
6:56 am

Oh well. The SEC! SEC! can keep all the JC guys like Cam, “I enrolled for one semester” in the SEC! SEC!

Buckeye's Daddy

December 19th, 2012
7:04 am

Buckeye,
SEC owns you. Class dismissed.

RHall55

December 19th, 2012
7:05 am

A&M is up to 34 commitments and counting…are they trying to hit the total roster allowance by signing date….85,,,haha!!!

Buckeye

December 19th, 2012
7:34 am

daddy,

A 3 word sentence and a 2 word sentence. Must be SEC! SEC! educated.

slydog

December 19th, 2012
8:00 am

I wonder if Richt and staff will start recruiting more West of the Mississippi River, since he says Georgia doesn’t do much of that at all. If Texas AM can come to Georgia and sign talented players, then why oh why can’t Georgia? Or should I say won’t? I’m starting to believe that the program I care about a lot is not getting better, just maintaining the status quo as long as it’s not a losing season.

Butthole Eye

December 19th, 2012
8:01 am

Yea I am sure Braxton Miller is a Rocket Scientist. He is going to open up a tatoo parlor on the moon jackazz.

ignition

December 19th, 2012
8:05 am

TA&M is building a Monster of a program.

ga gator

December 19th, 2012
8:13 am

I must say that Kyle Field ranks in the top 5 places I have been to watch a football game and Sumlin is building something special in Aggie Land. I never thought anyone would be able to out recruit Texas in the state of Texas but that is what he is doing.

slydog

December 19th, 2012
8:14 am

If people are on here discussing the “intellectual” prowess of a teenage high school football player, then you yourself are an idiot and vastly ignorant. It is possible to graduate, passing all of your classes and getting a decent score on the SAT/ACT and still not clear the NCAA if the recruiting process is not handled right. Furthermore, if a person is really an intellectual, then what are the chances of him/her attending a public institution on an athletic scholarship in the first place? They may as well go Ivy League; and a lot of really good players have. Of course, if you tell a child that they are not smart but you are good at football, then what do you think will be the result 90% of the time? In their mind, it becomes easier to play football than it is to read a book. We, as a society, have provided this cop out for way too long.

slydog

December 19th, 2012
8:16 am

Any school that has an enrollment of about 50,000 can’t have too many intellectuals running around. It’s mathematically and statistically impossible.

Flo - Ri - Duh

December 19th, 2012
8:36 am

Glad he didn’t get suckered by Suburban Meyer….. A&M is going to be a force in the SEC and Saban knows it.

Flo - Ri - Duh

December 19th, 2012
8:37 am

slydog – and YOU are a judge of intellectuals? Hahahahahahahaha

Buckeye

December 19th, 2012
8:46 am

butthole,

Nice name.

Braxton Miller will be the next Heisman winner from The Ohio State University and he did not have to attend JC or have issues with the NCAA clearinghouse,

Buckeye

December 19th, 2012
8:47 am

I wonder when the dogs will play A&M. Probably never.

SavannahDawg!

December 19th, 2012
8:52 am

In about 2 years A&M will be the best program in the nation..look at all the commits they have for 2013 and 2014 all 4 star and 5 star recruits..every top prospect in Texas has committed to A&M. Sorry bama and LSU your time is running out in the west.

SavannahDawg!

December 19th, 2012
8:55 am

Ohio state vs A&M BCS championship 2014 of course A&M wins

Just Saying

December 19th, 2012
9:04 am

Buckeye
I believe we all are abundantly aware of the integrity of the Ohio St, seeing as how the Ohio is on probation and banned from the post season as well as having forfeited games. The question I continue to ask is “why is the Athletic Director still employed after having been an active participant with Jim Tressel in the lying and over up”, care to answer? He had to know his coach was lying, he saw to it the players played in the Sugar Bowl. What does it say about the Ohio that Gene Smith continues to serve as AD? Don’t preach to any of us, your school abandoned the moral high ground three years ago in the cause of “winning at all costs”.

As for when the Dawgs play A&M, that is determined by the SEC, the schedule is put together by the SEC Commissioner’s office. Dawgs play LSU the next two seasons.

@ Buckeye

December 19th, 2012
9:17 am

Re: when will UGA play A&M? If the Aggies make it to the Dome, Dogs will be waiting.

Otherwise, you are aware that the East rotates West opponents, right?

After Maurice Clarett’s latest revelations, don’t think I would be talking about other schools.

G-Dawg

December 19th, 2012
9:24 am

Who really gives a ‘ish about the buckeyes on here, or even in this state? Thought so!!

Dawg Fan in Grayson

December 19th, 2012
9:28 am

Might want to hold the phone on Williams. News on him maybe forthcoming.

obama SIN laden

December 19th, 2012
9:29 am

miss st, ohio st.,south cakalaka loses 4 star recruit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! shoulda been da headline. but ga wasn’t involved..

McDawg

December 19th, 2012
9:38 am

why is Shaq Wiggins afraid to compete-reminds of another CB who ended up at FSU and who knows where now

Chuckler

December 19th, 2012
10:05 am

Have to chuckle at all these guys who want to run to A&M so they can play with “Johnny Football”. Johnny will be gone before these guys see the field. Funny stuff.

Chuckler

December 19th, 2012
10:07 am

@SavannahDawg!
“In about 2 years A&M will be the best program in the nation..look at all the commits they have for 2013 and 2014 all 4 star and 5 star recruits..every top prospect in Texas has committed to A&M. Sorry bama and LSU your time is running out in the west.”

Now that is funny. What happens when “Johnny” leaves next year. Can you say Auburn…..

Bazooka Joe

December 19th, 2012
10:09 am

Braxton Miller will never win anything… pipedream. Buckeye you have no room to talk as your school chickened out and backed out of a home and home to play the Dawgs. Scared eh ?

Joe

December 19th, 2012
10:21 am

“Go easy Ryan. Most of UGA’s players are special admits too. 73 percent”

Complete BS! You wish that were the case

Rick James

December 19th, 2012
10:23 am

@McDawg

why is Shaq Wiggins afraid to compete-reminds of another CB who ended up at FSU and who knows where now
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Shag is 5′9…I’m sure he knows he’ll be the shortest DB at UGA.Who cares?

Rick James

December 19th, 2012
10:27 am

Whenever you posts on SEC or UGA blogs regarding special admits they are coming from Tech fans.Ignore them the way they ignore having one of the lowest graduation rates amoung football players in ACC.

deebow

December 19th, 2012
10:35 am

Enough with this SEC crap…It Will all come around!! For years it was Big 10, then Pac-10, Then Big XII. Oh wait I guess it wont….2018 8 team playoff with all SEC teams. CANT WAIT!!

mpenn778402

December 19th, 2012
10:35 am

The Buckeyes didn’t chicken out, The B1G scheduled a series now that we have to play in that involves the Pac 12 that would take up the 1 Out of Conference game that we had space for, which was the Georgia game. I agree we could cancel one of the little pup teams that we play from Ohio, but that’s a long ingrained “tradition” like UGA playing Southern and is unlikely to change unfortunately.

slydog

December 19th, 2012
10:51 am

@Flo – Ri – Duh

Compared to most of you, I would be in the top 1%…lol

GTBob

December 19th, 2012
11:31 am

Complete BS! You wish that were the case

That’s not BS. As of the last time that UGA publicly reported the number of football special admits the number was over 73%. In the early 2000’s they were well over 90% so at least they are somewhat improving.

GTBob

December 19th, 2012
11:38 am

Ignore them the way they ignore having one of the lowest graduation rates amoung football players in ACC.

Tech is a tough school. Why should we expect higher graduation rates from football players than we do from normal students? Frankly, the lower APR is a sign that football players aren’t getting free passes at anything, which is a good thing.

Duluth Dawg

December 19th, 2012
11:49 am

Slydog

If a university has 50,000 students, it is mathematically and statistically probable they WILL have students with high IQ’s- and a lot of them. Go Dawgs!

megamicro

December 19th, 2012
12:00 pm

TAMU has knocked Georgia down another notch in the SEC hiearchy…Bama, LSU. Florida, TAMU, SC…all superior products to what is dumped on the grass at Sanford and Son Stadium…with Arky and Vandy closing in quickly on the mighty dawgs…sad but true…

a voice in the wilderness

December 19th, 2012
12:05 pm

Wonder if Texas is regretting not moving to the SEC? A&M is gonna clean their clocks with recruits who want to play in the closest thing to the NFL…not the video game Big 12…

GTBob

December 19th, 2012
12:19 pm

Wonder if Texas is regretting not moving to the SEC?

You make it sound like they squandered an opportunity. Texas is the biggest money maker in college sports. They could go to any conference they want at any time. And lol at the thought that A&M might start out recruiting Texas on a consistent basis.

A person SMART enough to know.....

December 19th, 2012
1:21 pm

Joe
December 19th, 2012
10:21 am

“Go easy Ryan. Most of UGA’s players are special admits too. 73 percent”

Complete BS! You wish that were the case
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You Mutts can read FACTS and still ignore them.

http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/paper-trail/2008/12/30/athletes-show-huge-gaps-in-sat-scores

Many schools routinely used a special admissions process to admit athletes who did not meet the normal entrance requirements. More than half of scholarship athletes at the University of Georgia, the University of Wisconsin, Clemson University, UCLA, Rutgers University, Texas A&M University and Louisiana State University were special admits. . . At Georgia, for instance, 73.5 percent of athletes were special admits compared with 6.6 percent of the student body as a whole.

Say what, GT??

December 19th, 2012
1:38 pm

GT is now or just was on probation for cheating. Several years back, GT ALSO received NCAA sanctions for cheating on athlete’s class room time. GT is no and always has a history of being two bit cheats.

Why is Tech on probation, if I have been wrong? Why did Tech take down their ACC trophy?

Techers are so in denial.

DwayneL

December 19th, 2012
1:39 pm

Now LSU, Bama and A&M are getting their choice of GA players. Makes sense if they want chance to win national championship because we all know if will never happen at UGA!

Rick James

December 19th, 2012
1:49 pm

@GTBob

Tech is a tough school. Why should we expect higher graduation rates from football players than we do from normal students? Frankly, the lower APR is a sign that football players aren’t getting free passes at anything, which is a good thing.
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We know..Its a tough school.which is way they cant recruit,have an FCS coach and the program is in the toilet.Yes Bob we’ve heard it all before.

Rick James

December 19th, 2012
2:04 pm

@GTBob
You make it sound like they squandered an opportunity. Texas is the biggest money maker in college sports. They could go to any conference they want at any time. And lol at the thought that A&M might start out recruiting Texas on a consistent basis
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The Southeastern Conference, top to bottom, has better players, better coaches, better stadiums, better bank accounts, better weather, and what else, bigger players. Six straight years the SEC has walked off with the big crystal prize and they will not give it back. The talk of “Big boy football” grinds on the Buckeyes, Sooners, Longhorns, or Ducks, and all they can come back with is “Wait until next year” and then next year comes and the SEC tribe is chanting in the closing minutes of the national championship game, “SEC, SEC, SEC!” The national championship trophy has been in the south so long it has sunburn. It’s why college football is thick with the acrimony, SEC vs. Everyone Else..Say whatever you want Bob but kids want to play in the SEC..Notre Dame joined the pansies in the ACC because the SEC dosent need them.

A person SMART enough to know.....

December 19th, 2012
2:12 pm

Rick James you are being stupid now. Notre Dame would NEVER join the SEC even if the SEC begged. The Selectively Educated Conference offer Nothing Notre Dame cares about.

Rick James

December 19th, 2012
2:15 pm

@A person SMART enough to know…..

Many schools routinely used a special admissions process to admit athletes who did not meet the normal entrance requirements. More than half of scholarship athletes at the University of Georgia, the University of Wisconsin, Clemson University, UCLA, Rutgers University, Texas A&M University and Louisiana State University were special admits. . . At Georgia, for instance, 73.5 percent of athletes were special admits compared with 6.6 percent of the student body as a whole.
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So explain to us why Georgia Tech is not graduating it’s non special admits..In the BCS academic rankings released last week which combines graduation rates and classroom performance for football Tech was not even in the top 25.Georgia was in the top 10.