Sanders talks with Jones

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With only 11 days until the NCAA recruiting dead period (Dec. 17), Butch Jones and his new hires have to hit the trail quick, fast and in a hurry.

That process starts with keeping current Tennessee commitments on board. Jones spoke for the first time with three-star defensive tackle commitment Joe Sanders Saturday night.

"He called me and talked last night and was just getting to know me," Sanders told InsideTennessee. "He told me he is going to come see me next week for my basketball game. He asked me how I was feeling about Tennessee and what my thoughts were on everything."

Sanders, a 6-foot-6, 270 pounder, all had an offer from Jones at Cincinnati and said he could sense Jones' energy from the second he picked up the telephone.

"He was just telling me how he can't wait get down here to see me and he asked when I was coming for my official visit," he said. "He didn't talk to me much about the defense yet. I think we will talk about that when he comes to see me."

The LaGrange, Ga., native said that the firing of head coach Derek Dooley and primary recruiter Derrick Ansley never affected his commitment status.

"All that stuff didn't change my commitment status or anything," Sanders said. "I am going to take my official visit to Tennessee in January and I plan to take all five of my officials."

Sanders, who turned a lot of heads after his Tennessee commitment, accumulated over 100 tackles, 12 sacks, and three touchdowns in his senior season. Since committing to the Vols, he has racked up offers from 10 FBS schools including Auburn, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

"I had a couple of offers before I committed to Tennessee and then a lot more offers started coming in," he said. "Coaches started to come watch my football games and stuff like that. It was crazy."

Sanders, who is the No. 77 defensive tackle in the 2013 class according to FOX Sports NEXT, plans to official Washington and North Carolina in addition to the Vols.

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