Bruins Trying With Sanders

OCT. 10 -- The Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame receiver and Notre Dame commit, C.J. Sanders, was recently offered by UCLA and he talked about where his verbal to the Irish stands...

The more Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame receiver C.J. Sanders (5-8.5, 175) plays with the Knights, the more comfortable he gets.

Sanders moved back to Southern California before the season from Tennessee, and he’s been a spark for the Knights, as Oaks Christian found out on Friday.

After taking a big hit that knocked him out for much of the first half, Sanders returned to bolster the Knights and help them rally for a win.

“That was a big thing for me to come back,” said Sanders. “I felt like it would give a spark to our team if I came back strong and that was the goal. I felt if we capitalized on big plays, we’d score. I got the wind knocked out of me but I’m thankful for the trainers.”

Sanders returned to put up over 100 yards in the second half, and with he and running back Leo Lambert, who also went over 100 yards on the ground, it became pick your poison.

“I feel like my speed opens up Leo to make big plays and Leo had a big game and I’m really proud of him,” said Sanders.

A commit to Notre Dame, Sanders was recently offered by UCLA, and while he said he remains solid to the Irish, he didn’t entirely say his recruitment is over and done, with the Bruins trying to make a push for him.

“We’ll see, but right now, I just want to focus on the season,” said Sanders. “I think we have a really good team this year and I want to focus on the season and not on recruiting.”

When asked more about the Bruins and their push, Sanders didn’t have a whole lot to add.

“Like I said, I’m not worried about recruiting right now, I’m worried about my high school team and my senior season.”

Sanders did take his official visit to Notre Dame last month when the Irish hosted Michigan.

“I took an official for the Michigan game and it was a good time,” said Sanders. “I’m not sure if I’ll go back out there for an unofficial but I’m going to the game at USC.”

A Semper Fidelis All-American, Sanders said he’s happy to be back in the Southland.

“It makes it so much more fun for me being back here,” said Sanders. “The competition is great and it’s really preparing me for college.”

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