Another Troup trooper

Cornerbacks who stand 6-feet tall are rare. Cornerbacks who stand 6-feet tall, excel at press coverage AND return kicks are harder to find than four-leaf clovers.

Still, Tennessee may have found one. His name is Cadarious Sanders, and he's a 6-0, 185-pound senior at Troup County High in LaGrange, Ga. One teammate, defensive end J.C. Copeland, already committed to the Vols, and another, fullback Brandon Worle, is weighing an offer from UT. Sanders is on Tennessee's radar, as well, but the Vols aren't the only school chasing the lanky corner.

"He's got several SEC offers already – Mississippi State and South Carolina," Troup County head coach Bubba Jeter said this week. "And Louisville has offered. He's got several good offers."

He might get another one once Tennessee's coaches finish evaluating the film of this week's Lane Kiffin Summer Camp. Sanders couldn't stick around long enough to participate in the defensive back drills on Tuesday but he got a tour of UT's campus and facilities from Vol staffers on Monday.

Despite the early offers from South Carolina, Mississippi State and Louisville, Sanders might jump at the chance to join Copeland as a Vol commitment.

"He and J.C. are good friends," Jeter said. "If Tennessee were to offer, it wouldn't surprise me to see him come up here to play football."

Sanders' combination of height, speed and agility certainly make him an intriguing cornerback prospect.

"He's by far the fastest kid on our team ... a legitimate 4.4/4.5 guy," Jeter said. "He's 6-feet, maybe 6-1, and about 185 pounds. He's a great cover corner who also can returns punts and returns kicks.

"Last year was the first year we used him in that (return specialist) role. When you get a kid who's a great cover corner AND can return kicks, that's an added incentive to recruit that kid. He's really starting to get pretty doggone good at it."

Likewise, Troup County High is pretty doggone good at cranking out major-college football prospects.

"We're blessed to live in a town where we've had 22 kids from our high school sign the last three years," Jeter said. "There's a lot of interest in football there."

There's a lot of big-time football talent, too. Copeland committed to UT but is now facing a big push from Georgia. Worle (pronounced WURL) committed to LSU but is now being pursued heavily by the Vols.

"Brandon committed about two months ago to LSU but Tennessee has offered him, as well," Jeter noted. "LSU really got on him hard and got on him early. He had a good Junior Day visit with those guys, came back and said, 'Coach, I'm going to LSU.'"

Can Tennessee make Worle turn? That will be difficult, since he's a long-time LSU fan who already made a public commitment to the Tigers.

"I don't take sides; I only offer advice if a kid knocks on my door and asks me what he should do," Jeter said. "But we always tell our kids to honor their commitments. We think it's important, when a kid makes a commitment, to stick with it."


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