Arkansas is the most recent scholarship offer for LaGrange High School defensive end Joe Sanders, who has been best friends with 5-star Reuben Foster since the sixth grade.
Sanders committed to former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley and officially remains pledged to the Volunteers; but he is considering other options due to the coaching change.
Sanders will make an official visit this weekend to Washington, accompanied by Reuben Foster and another one of his longtime friends, Troup High School offensive tackle Maurice Swain. All three are are childhood buddies, played together at Troup last season, and are likely being recruited as a “package deal” by Washington.
“I don’t know about that,” said Sanders, when asked about a package deal. “I just know they (Washington) called, they wanted me to visit, and they’re supposed to offer me.”
Will Sanders and Foster play together in college? “That’s what we are shooting for. But we haven’t talked much recently with Reuben moving all the way in Auburn, Ala. We’ll have a lot of time on the plane (back and forth to Washington) to talk about recruiting.”
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Sanders said he has offers from Arkansas, Missouri, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Duke. One more offer he wouldn’t mind is UGA. He went on an unofficial visit with Foster to see UGA defeat Georgia Tech.
“I’d like to get one from Georgia, but it really doesn’t matter to me as long as I have the chance to play in the SEC,” Sanders said. “I know Washington is not in the SEC, but I don’t have a problem going there either. I’m just going out there to see how everything is.”
What was Sanders’ reaction to the Arkansas offer? “It feels good. I don’t know too much about them. I know they’ve got a whole new coaching staff, and they’ve had some good seasons. That’s another school I have to look into. I might take an official visit there. I’ve only got three right now.”
Sanders will go to Washington this weekend, Tennessee on Jan. 18, and North Carolina on Jan. 25.
What’s the latest with Tennessee? “I’m still committed. I talked to Coach (Butch) Jones, and he asked me how I felt about Tennessee. He said he still wants me there … I’m just visiting some schools to make sure I’m making the right decision.”
What’s the latest with Reuben Foster? He has returned from the Under Armour All-America game, where ex-UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner was seen carrying around his MVP trophy in the hotel lobby after the game.
Foster told AuburnUndercover’s Bryan Matthews that Auburn, UGA, Alabama, LSU and Washington are still in contention but that he plans to only visit three. “I’m going to take all five of them so get ready to call coaches and be upset. Don’t know which ones, but there’s going to be two upset.” Foster is tentatively scheduled to visit UGA on Jan. 25.
Foster de-committed from Auburn because it did not retain his mentor, Trooper Taylor. The Auburn media has tried to document Foster’s relationship with Auburn’s new defensive coordinator, Ellis Johnson. Foster told the website that “I love (Johnson)” and he “reminds me of my granddaddy.” Johnson, 61, probably enjoyed that one.
While all of Foster’s finalists would probably accept his commitment, some of them reportedly “aren’t sweating it” if he goes elsewhere because of all the drama associated with his situation. What’s my prediction on Foster? One recruiting analyst said this about the free-spirited Foster: “He will probably go with the school that talks to him last before he signs the paper.” I agree with that. But if I had to guess today, I’d pick Auburn. Just think Foster went to all the trouble to move to Auburn, bringing his daughter along, and his mother got a job there. However, it should be a fun one to follow over the next month.
LSU IN SWEEPSTAKES FOR 5-STAR?
LSU is trying to get involved with Carl Lawson, the 5-star defensive end from Milton who is officially committed to Auburn. Lawson will visit Clemson this weekend, and likely set up a recruiting trip next to Tennessee. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lawson make his final decision sooner than later because he’s tired of the recruiting hoopla.
THIS AND THAT
Among the state’s top uncommitted prospects is Brett Sheehan, the QB from Collins Hill High School who backed his pledge to Florida International after the coaching change. Sheehan told the AJC that he’s hearing from Georgia State, Illinois State, Furman, Florida Atlantic, Florida International and Bowling Green. “I have an official visit set up for Georgia State on Jan, 18, and then I plan on taking one or two more, if possible,” Sheehan said. “I’ll most likely not commit anywhere until right before signing day. Or, depending on the situation, I might wait until after signing day. As of now, I would say Georgia State is my leader but I am keeping my options open.” … Chase Rosenberg, QB from Centennial High School, is in the mix with some top academic schools, including Brown, Dartmouth, Penn, Davidson and Georgetown. Rosenberg, who passed for nearly 2,300 yards and 18 touchdowns in his first year as a starter, is also starting to hear from some FBS schools, according to his father. You can watch his film HERE … Another overlooked prospect to watch is Zach Adams, a 6-5, 280-pound offensive tackle from Roswell High School. He gave up three sacks in two seasons – all to Carl Lawson (one in 2011 and two last season). “I can tell you that Zach is a great whose best days of football are ahead of him,” said former Roswell coach Justin Sanderson. Adams has a 3.4 GPA and strong interest from Georgia Tech, Duke, Ohio, Elon, William & Mary and Georgia Southern. You can watch his film HERE … Grayson High School is sending another senior to a BCS school: Kicker Alex Louthan has decided to join West Virginia as a preferred walk-on … Is South Carolina in danger of losing a commit from Georgia? West Forsyth High School LB Mo Camara, who has been committed to the Gamecocks (his first offer) since last spring, was recently offered by Wake Forest. Camara told the AJC on Thursday night that he will likely take an official visit with the Demon Deacons on Jan. 25, which is one week after his trip with the Gamecocks.
OH MY … HAVE YOU HEARD THE LATEST?
PARTY LIKE IT’S 2013!!
LESS THAN FOUR WEEKS AWAY FROM SIGNING DAY
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