Sanders pulls trigger

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InsideTennessee has confirmed that Tennessee has their newest member of the 2013 recruiting class as of Wednesday night.

Two-star defensive tackle prospect Joe Sanders gave his commitment to head coach Derek Dooley over the phone and said a camp he attended this summer with the Volunteers sealed the deal.

"I went during the summer and the camp that I went to I really liked everything," Sanders told InsideTennessee. "I liked how the were coaching me, I like all the facilities and I liked the atmosphere at camp and everything."

Tennessee defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley has been the lead recruiter on Sanders since the summer and developed a strong relationship with him from the jump.

"Coach Ansley was cool with me during the camp," Sander said. "He helped me out during camp. He told me the head coach was watching me and they might want me. He just kept telling me to go hard because they were watching me close. We just kept talking and we had a great relationship."

The 6-foot-6, 270-pound LaGrange, Ga., native likes that the Tennessee coaching staff is always pushing you to make you the best player you can be.

"I like Tennessee because it is not too close to home," he said. "I like how big the campus is and stuff like that. The coaches are great too. They don't let you settle for anything less than your best. They push you in everything you do."

Sanders, who also had offers from Missouri, Auburn, South Alabama, Central Florida, Western Kentucky, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Colorado, South Carolina, Cincinnati and South Florida, says his pass rush skills are his biggest asset.

"I am a pretty good pass rusher," Sander said. "I think my pass rush skills are probably my best thing right now, but they were telling me at camp that I need to use my hands more and stuff like that. That is something I need to work on before I get to college."

Sanders hopes to be on Rocky Top for Saturday's game with Missouri for an unofficial visit to his first game in Neyland Stadium. Sanders makes the second defensive tackle commitment in this class alongside JUCO commitment Ben Bradley.

You can watch film of Sanders during his junior season at Troup County (Ga.) prior to his transfer to LaGrange (Ga.) below:

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