After learning that a highly respected offensive line coach will take the vacant position on the Vols staff, Cleveland, Tenn. prospect Austin Sanders provided the Vols with a reassuring vote of confidence. Sanders has been commited to the Vols since the summer, and he's still excited about playing for coach Derek Dooley.
"I committed to Tennessee because it was right for me. It is so close to home, and I believe Coach Dooley is doing the right things, and they are going to keep progressing."
The outstanding junior from Bradley Cenral High School is coming off of a very impressive season.
Sanders said he had a very impressive number of pancakes which tallied up to be 40. However, despite the big number, the 6'5" 300-plus pound future Vol hopes to improve on that number in his senior season.
Some may think Sanders committing so early could add a lot of pressure on the Vols to hold on to him throughout the recruiting process, however, in this situation Sanders claims, "I'm not going to change."
"I'm a 100-percent committed. Alabama, Mississippi State, Georgia, and Kentucky keep sending me mail, but I'm not going anywhere else. I felt that the coaches at Tennessee welcomed me as a family member, and I really like that."
Recently, Sanders went to showcase his talents in Tampa, Fla. in the Under Armour Combine leaving a great impression.
"I got to see how high-level competition was and how I match up against it."
Many observers regarded Sanders as being one of the top lineman out of the whole camp.
The future Vol will make a major impact when the time comes, and he wants to be ready to take a part of that role.
" I want to go in ready. I want to be on the same level as everybody else, and be able to compete."
Sanders is one of two commits for the 2013 class, and is a big time early pickup for the Vols.