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.
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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