DT decommits from Vandy, has ND interest

Back on the market is three-star defensive tackle Michael Sawyers of Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth, who decommitted from Vanderbilt Wednesday night. Sawyers discusses what's next in recruitment and goes more in-depth on his thoughts on Notre Dame in particular.

Three-star defensive tackle Michael Sawyers of Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth announced on Wednesday night that he was decommiting from Vanderbilt. Sawyers committed to the Commodores in July, but with the departure of former head coach James Franklin to Penn State, Sawyers had decided to reevaluate his options.

"I really don't know what I'm going to do right now," Sawyers said. "I have no idea. Everything is open since I'm hearing from so many schools. I will probably narrow everything down to a top ten next Wednesday."

Sawyers still has five official visits available should he choose to use them. Could the Irish vie for one of those spots?

"It's possible," Sawyers said. " I know that [Notre Dame assistant] Coach (Mike) Elston is supposed to visit me Thursday or Friday, so I'll get a better feel for Notre Dame then."

Asked what he does know thus far about the Irish, who offered last week, Sawyers immediately spoke about playing time.

"Playing time is the big thing with Notre Dame," Sawyers said. "I would get to play early. I know it's a great school with good academics."

Sawyers said he doesn't have any favorites at the moment, but added he was hearing the most from Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Oregon, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA and USC.

"I'm not going to be looking at the coaches as much this time," Sawyers said. "It's going to be more about the education and the school itself. And, how it can benefit my life after football."

The 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive lineman is being recruited to play the three-technique at Notre Dame. Sawyers is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 56 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com.

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