TE: UM's had a good start to a new era

This tight end prospect had a lot of good things to say and describes this season for the Canes as a good beginning to a new era. Read on to see what else Billy Sanders is talking about.

"It's been a good beginning to a new era," Billy Sanders said when asked for his thoughts on this season for the Hurricanes. "I've been watching them. I saw them beat Virginia Tech and that was a real nice win. It got them ranked, a chance to win the conference. Then this last game against Georgia Tech was disappointing. They weren't able to pull it out. It's good to know we are going in the right direction, though."

Sanders, 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, committed to the Hurricanes early in the process and remains pledged to the Hurricanes.

"I'm still committed and I'm looking forward to getting down there," he said. "I'm on track to graduate early and to start down there in January. I've been working out real hard -- lifting, running, all that stuff."

Sanders is being recruited by tight ends coach Joe Pannunzio and sees a good opportunity at Miami.

"I talk to Coach Pannunzio a lot," he said. "He's actually coming out here soon to see me, after their regular season finishes up. I think there's a good opportunity there. I know one of their tight ends (Chris Zellner) is a senior and a couple others (Dedrick Epps and Richard Gordon) will be seniors. That means whatever tight ends come in will be in a good position and I plan on taking full advantage of that."

The talented senior pays close attention to the tight ends whenever he watches the Canes play on TV.

"I watch them, the way they block, the way they run their routes," he said. "They do a lot of drags, seam routes, and flats. They try getting the ball to them."

Sanders saw his senior season come to an end recently.

"We lost in the first round of the playoffs," he said. "We were winning the game by 14 at one point but we weren't able to finish it off. I don't know about my defensive stats but I know on offense I finished with 28 catches and three touchdowns."

Sanders said he plans to take his official visit sometime in December -- likely the weekend of the 12th, which is when most of the early graduates will be visiting.

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