Commitment number three came in today for UCF. The Knights landed Tommy Sanders, an athletic linebacker from Crisp County, Georgia. Come see what Sanders told InsideKnights.com about his decision to become the newest Knight.
Tommy Sanders tried calling Coach Geoff Collins earlier this week to let him know that he had good news. Because of NCAA rules, Collins couldn't contact Sanders and had to wait again until the outside linebacker called him later on in the week to say that he was going to be a Knight.
"He was fired up when I told him," Sanders told InsideKnights.com. "I told him I was going to be a Knight and he was real happy."
That verbal commitment was the third one for UCF of the 2010 class, which is three more than UCF has ever had at this time in school history. Sanders said his decision was an easy one, despite it being this early on in the process.
"It feels great to make this choice. I'm going to a great place, a place where I know I will have my heart on the field. It felt like I was home there, I really felt comfortable."
Sanders had a great relationship with UCF's staff and loved what he saw when he came to visit during UCF's Junior Day in March.
"Coach Collins is a real nice guy; words can't even explain how much I like him. It's a real nice campus there. The coaches are nice, everything seemed right."
UCF has been the only school to date to offer Sanders, but that might change as his film begins to circulate. At 6'1" 196 lbs., Sanders has the size and speed (4.55 40-yard dash) that coaches covet, and even more importantly, he has the production. Last season, Sanders had a staggering stat line, posting 118 tackles, 20 sacks and two interceptions for two touchdowns.
"I have a good nose for the ball. I just know the situation, know where the ball is and I like to run around and make plays. I would like to work a little on my coverage skills on the outside. I did have two interceptions returned for touchdowns last year though."
Don't fear UCF fans, Sanders will likely receive more attention as the year goes on, but he really feels good about being a Knight.
"I'll listen to offers, but UCF is the school for me."
Now that a whopper of a decision is out of the way, Sanders will be able to focus on spring football and his team's upcoming season.
"We started off 6-1 last year and then the losses started coming. I think we all learned that you have to want to work harder, go all out all the time, do all the little things in the weight room."
When asked if he was tired of lifting weights, Sanders said no, but he added this…
"Sometimes when I go home, I just sit around for a while, thinking about playing football. I envision myself making plays and I can't wait to go back out on the field and play again."
That alone is a reason why you should be happy that he's a Knight.
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