Tennessee Pledge Scheduling Visits
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Tennessee Pledge Scheduling Visits

The combination of not knowing who will be the head coach at Tennessee, the school he's verbally committed to, coupled with a rise in recruiting stock has Joe Sanders looking to officially visit others schools.

"I'm going to take an official visit to North Carolina," Sanders said. "I haven't scheduled it, but we're probably going to schedule it this week."

As a matter of fact, Sanders plans to take all five of his official visits with Tennessee and Washington, along with UNC, among his likely destinations. The 6-foot-6, 270-pound defensive lineman from LaGrange (Ga.) High has already scheduled the trip to Washington for the weekend of Jan. 11.

Sanders hasn't been verbally committed to Tennessee long. He made his pledge less than a month ago. A couple weeks later, Derek Dooley was fired. Derrick Ansley, Sanders' Vols primary recruiter, has continued to recruit Sanders and has kept him updated on the Tennessee coaching situation.

"He comes by my school and checks up on me," Sanders said. "He tells me everything is fine. He said they should know who the coach is going to be by the end of this week."

Sanders first heard from UNC when assistant coach Chris Kapilovic reached out to him following LaGrange's first round playoff game a couple of weeks ago.

"He said they liked my film, they liked everything about me, and they want to offer me," Sanders said.

Kapilovic also provided Sanders a UNC primer.

"I only know a little bit [about UNC]," Sanders said. "Coach Kap' told me how the system is. He told me how they have a chance to play. And then he told me about all the history, like Lawrence Taylor."

Sanders is somewhat of a late bloomer. He focused primarily on basketball early in his prep career and transferred from LaGrange (Ga.) Troup County following his junior football season. As a senior, he accumulated over 100 tackles, 12 sacks, and three touchdowns.

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