In Focus: Joe Sanders

Joe Sanders quietly went through the recruiting process before committing to Tennessee last week. Learn more about the new Vol here in this feature.

  • Prospect: Joe Sanders
  • Hometown: Lagrange, Ga.
  • High School: Lagrange
  • Class: 2013
  • Position: Defensive Tackle
  • Size: 6-5/270
  • Ranking on Scout: No. 76 DT
  • Recruiting: Committed to Tennessee

    Scouting Report: Not a lot if known about Sanders as a football player or as a prospect, but what I can tell you after seeing him play live is, he is big, he has very good agility, and he is athletic. After seeing him in person, I am a little surprised he was not drawing more attention on the recruiting trail. He still does have a lot of work to do to become an SEC caliber defensive lineman, but he has a lot of tools for the UT staff to work with. He needs to really work on his upper-body strength, his pad level when firing off the ball to engage with an offensive lineman, and his hands when in battle, but he is so athletic. You see him run across the field, chase the ball, and you see why UT went after him. He did not make too many plays in the game against Carrollton Thursday night, but he was solid containing the edge, and he showed good quickness when able to pursue the ball. He has a lot of upside if he continues to develop technically and physically. This is one of those kids you do not hear a lot about coming out of high school, but if he buys into what he is taught and the coaches coach him up on the next level, you could hear a lot about him in three years or so.

    Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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