Sanders Ready for Move In

Kendall Sanders only has about a week left of school, but he said he isn't the best at waiting for his time on the 40 Acres to get here.

"I've been to that point for awhile," Sanders said, laughing. "I'm just ready to get started."

When Sanders arrives in Austin, he'll be rooming with linebacker Dalton Santos. On the field, the two are polar opposites. Santos is the facemask-busting nasty hitter, while Sanders is the smooth, elite athlete.

He showcased that athleticism at the Texas state track meet, taking fourth in the long jump.

"It went really well," Sanders said. "I actually qualified in the 100, high jump and long jump, but I chose just to do the long jump. Prom was on the other day that they were doing finals at the state meet. "In the long jump, I jumped my personal best, but I was kind of frustrated that I wound up in fourth," Sanders said. "I was in second place until that last jump. But now, I'm just ready to focus on football. Track was just a way of having a good time."

And so Sanders finished up with his high school sports career, one that saw him stand out as a three-sport athlete. And it's because he now gets to focus on one sport that Sanders thinks he'll make a big jump once he hits campus.

"I've already improved tremendously because I've been busting my tail to get better at football," Sanders said. "I've gotten my weight up, I'm a lot stronger and faster and just from going through the consistent repetitions that come with football, I'm finding that I'm doing things easier."

The 6-foot Sanders said his weight is now up to 190 pounds, while his 40-yard dash still sits in the sub-4.4-second range. And while Sanders was a two-way star in high school, he'll now be able to focus on one spot, at wide receiver. Texas projects Sanders as an ideal slot receiver, somebody who can touch the ball in a variety of ways and turn safe plays into big ones.

Once Texas offered Sanders as a wide receiver, he said his mind was made up.

"I just felt like it was an open door that God gave me," Sanders said. "I thought I should take it and run with it. That's always been my dream."

Sanders said he should arrive on campus in late May, and said he'll do so ready to go. He said the coaches wanted the receivers ready to play, and added that he would do his best to play early at Texas.

"I want to play early," Sanders said. "I feel like I'm going to work hard and bring my work ethic. I'm just going to do my best to get the job done to the best of my abilities."

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