Q & A: C.J. Sanders
The interview with Notre Dame wide receiver commit C.J. Sanders in its entirety can be found in the next edition of Irish Eyes magazine. Here is a preview: Question: You moved from Nashville, Tennessee to San Fernando Valley, California with your family in June. How has that transition been so far? Answer: "It's been great. Last week we started two-a-days, which are no joke. This week, we're practicing four hours a day. The competition out here is different, too. In Tennessee, they're mostly known for their big guys because they're country boys. In California, it's all about speed. You have to come ready every play." Question: Do you see yourself fitting well into Notre Dame's (High School) system? Answer: "Yes, definitely. I'll obviously be playing slot as always, but I'll also be playing some wildcat quarterback and some running back. They are mixing it up to get me the ball in space." Question: How would you describe your experience at The Opening. You definitely turned some heads with your SPARQ scores (139.36 total score including a time of 4.32 in the 40-yard dash). Answer: "It was such a cool experience. I haven't been able to go to all of the camps, so it was nice to show what I was capable of. I loved being able to represent both California and Tennessee. I don't really look at stars and rankings and that sort of thing. So, I wasn't surprised with how well I competed, but I was humbled being around the nation's best guys. I don't say it verbally, but I always think I'm one of the best out there." Question: Did you have any noteworthy conversations with other recruits there? Answer: "The main guy I talked to was wide receiver Cordell Broadus. We knew of each other coming into it because I played against his dad's (Snoop Dogg) teams when I was growing up in California. He's a 6'4" wide receiver that's long and lean and would be a great complement to Miles Boykin, who's similar in that regard. I also talked to Ryan Newsome(four-star slot wide receiver from Texas)." Question: Speaking of Newsome, do you think your performance at The Opening had anything to do with him choosing to eliminate Notre Dame from contention shortly after The Opening? Answer: "(Laughing) Ryan is a good athlete. But, you get where he is coming from. He wants to go somewhere where he can be featured. I wish him the best." Question: Do you have any specific goals set for yourself this season? Answer: "First and foremost, I want to win a state championship. I haven't done that before. I also want to catch 20 touchdown passes. But, more than that I want to be dominant and have a huge impact on the field." Question: Have you thought about when you plan to take your official visit to Notre Dame this season? Answer: "I actually spoke with Coach (Mike) Denbrock about that the other day. I think Michigan might be the game, but nothing is planned for certain yet."
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