The decision wasn't his alone, as both Sanders and Texas seemed somewhat at odds from early on in the recruiting timetable. In fact, Sanders's commitment ends a lengthy process that at one point seemed as though the Longhorns wouldn't offer. Sanders wanted to play wide receiver, and the Longhorns felt that he was a better fit at cornerback. Both seemed iron-headed in their determination, and it appeared to be a relationship that just wouldn't work out.
But attrition at wide receiver, both this season and likely in the future, offered up a couple of extra spots at the position. And so Sanders — at one point a commitment to Oklahoma State — found himself with a Texas offer. Not at cornerback, but at his desired position. It was a match, as they say, in heaven.
From the Longhorns' standpoint, it was a no-brainer. Even if Sanders is a better prospect at defensive back, he's a good enough wide receiver prospect with his size and athleticism to be a definite take. If he works out at wide receiver, great. If he doesn't, there's always the chance of a position switch.
Just how good is Sanders as a cornerback prospect? At one point, he was rated among the top-10 cornerbacks in the country by Scout.com, the top cornerback prospect in the state and a top-10 overall player in the state.
But that's certainly putting the cart before the horse. For now, Texas landed its 20th commitment, and another player at a need position that the Longhorns can develop along with Cayleb Jones and Thomas Johnson. Sanders is a big-time speed threat, the kind of player who can torch defensive backs on double moves, and that kind of presence will be more than welcome to a unit soon-to-be graduating Marquise Goodwin.