Sanders got his dream offer

The University of Georgia sent Mark Richt into Tucker last week, he saw tape with others on his staff and the offer came in on Monday. It was an offer Chris Sanders has been dreaming about getting.

"I have been hearing from Georgia a lot since I attended their camp last summer," said Chris Sanders. "I can't say I thought they would offer me today (Monday), but I was not totally surprised either."

"Mark Richt came by the school with Coach [Rodney] Garner last week and they picked up some film. They watched it as a staff and Coach Garner brought back Coach [Scott] Lakatos and Coach [Todd] Grantham on Monday and they offered me."

"They evaluated my film and they liked it."

Now that Georgia has completed their evaluation of Sanders, he can now start to really evaluate them. He has been raised in Georgia, so he has a good idea of what the Bulldogs are all about.

"I have been about three or four games at Georgia before and I really love the atmosphere there. The crowd is really loud, the stadium is big, and I like the coaches at Georgia a lot."

The Dawgs have still not filled out their defensive staff and it may take until after Signing Day for them to do so as they still search for another linebackers coach. Grantham is the new Defensive Coordinator, Garner is staying on as the defensive line coach, and Lakatos is now in charge of the secondary.

Sanders had four interceptions in 2009.
The 6-foot, 173 pound defensive back likes what he knows about the new coaches.

"I called Coach Lakatos and I talked to him a little bit and I like him a lot," said the Tucker junior. "He really likes me at safety and he said he is going to use me a lot like Tucker uses me. He thinks I can play some one on one, quarters, and fill the alleys likes he likes his safeties to do. He is a guy I like so far. He sounds pretty smart too."

Georgia is the fifth school to offer Sanders. They joined Duke, UCF, West Virginia, and Vanderbilt on Monday. The offer from the in-state program really stands out to the 2011 safety.

"It really is a big offer, a very big offer for me. I have been a fan of Georgia since I was a kid and this was an offer I have been dreaming about for a while. I still can't really believe I have the offer from them now."

Now that he does, is he ready to put them on the top of his list?

"Not yet," he answered, "I want to get around and look at some other schools so I have something to compare Georgia to. I would say my top five right now are Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, and Auburn."

Sanders will be in Athens on Saturday for Junior Day.

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Manager for the South Region and he can be reached at

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