UCF Commit Analysis: Tommy Sanders

We continue our "Commit Analysis" series with a breakdown of Tommy Sanders. The explosive outside linebacker might be one of the more underrated recruits in the region, but he won't be a well-kept secret for long. Most video of Sanders is of low quality, but InsideKnights.com presents you with several clear highlight tapes of Sanders, and an in-depth analysis of his strengths and weaknesses.




Tommy Sanders was UCF's third commit of the 2010 class and he could potentially be the gem of the group. Sanders plays for Crisp County H.S. in Georgia, a AAA school, so he has gone somewhat unnoticed. However, his production and raw talent cannot be ignored for long, as this under-the-radar player can be an absolute stud at the next level.

The thing that really jumps out with Sanders is his burst. He is clocked with 4.5 speed but his agility and quickness in tight quarters is impeccable. He bounces around on the balls of his feet, is nimble and cuts quickly to get to the ball carrier…When Sanders gets to the ball carrier, he wraps up and keeps his legs driving, something you don't see enough of at the high school level…He plays smart and takes excellent angles…Sanders has a knack for making plays and is always around the football; you can't teach his instincts…Relentless in his pursuit to the ball carrier, Sanders is never out of a play. He blends his before mentioned speed and smarts with passion and desire. This helps him chase down runners when teams run away from him…Uses more than just pure speed or power to blitz the quarterback; he has some good technique to work with, as he has a very effective swim move and rip move for a player that plays standing up a majority of the time…For a smaller guy, he can fight through traffic and move off blocks.

The biggest knock on Sanders is that he hasn't routinely faced superior competition and his team has struggled against successful teams. However, a successful season for his team could propel his stock and get BCS schools interested…Sanders doesn't always make head-on tackles. He enjoys contact and when he does stick his nose in someone's numbers he drives through, but sometimes he relies on his strength and drags the ball carrier down…Will need to get a little bigger for when he arrives on campus.

How commit influences outlook of 2010 class:
The Knights will hold their breath and hope Sanders' stock doesn't take off by National Signing Day. Sanders could be a steal for UCF. Sanders and fellow commit, Cody Ralston, will form a solid duo for the Knights. The two project at outside linebacker and both are high motor players who have excellent closing speed. Sanders should be the last outside backer that UCF picks up, unless the team sees him as more of a middle backer, as the Knights likely want to add a MLB.

Sanders is a physical player with the ability to add more weight and maintain his 4.5 speed. The Knights believe they have a gem here and they are right, because Sanders is a star in the making. He must get a little stronger at the point of attack, but his raw ability should have coaches salivating.

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