Former Crisp County football star Tommy Sanders, who has played the last two seasons as Butler Community College in Kansas, chose Texas A&M over Ohio State, South Carolina and Mississippi State this week.
BUTLER, Kan. — Division I football didn’t work out for former Crisp County football star Tommy Sanders after high school.
But that doesn’t mean D-I coaches lost touch with the Cordele native.
And now, after two stellar seasons with the nationally renowned Butler Community College football program in Kansas, Sanders is back on the map and headed to Texas A&M, according to a report Wednesday by the college recruiting division of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Sanders officially committed to Texas A&M on Tuesday night, spurning offers from Ohio State, South Carolina and Mississippi State. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker told the newspaper that he chose the Aggies primarily because he’s always dreamed of playing football in the SEC.
“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.”
Sanders, who committed to Central Florida out of high school but was unable to get cleared by the NCAA and never enrolled, started all 12 games for Butler this past season, recording 71tackles, including 29 solo, while also leading the team in sacks (eight) and tackles for loss. Sanders also recorded one interception and was second on the team in pass break-ups with 12.
Sanders is ranked as a four-star recruit by ESPN, and he is considered the No. 1 overall JUCO outside linebacker prospect in the nation. He runs a 4.45 40-yard dash, according to Rivals.com, and he joins a 2013 defensive recruiting class in College Station that is already being heralded as one of the best in the country.
Sanders helped lead Butler to an 11-1 record and a region championship this past season. Butler’s Sanders-led defense gave up an average of just 11.8 points.