"Vanderbilt was my first offer," said Sawyers. "I built a close relationship with the coaches and the players from being on campus so often. It wasn't just that. The education at Vanderbilt is unparalleled. I know I'm going to receive an outstanding education and be able to stay close to home. Being able to stay in Nashville and play was a big factor in my decision. I know my mom and dad will be able to go to all of my games."
Sawyers was recruited by Coach John Donovan. He was extended an offer at defensive tackle in late January. At the time, Sawyers said Vanderbilt liked his motor and my strength inside for run stopping as well as his power and agility. He helped Ensworth secure a third straight TSSAA Division II-AA championship in 2012. Playing defensive tackle, he had 41 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 8 sacks and a forced fumble. On offensive, he played tackle and was a vital part of the Tigers rushing attack that was the cornerstone of their championship rum. Sawyers earned a first team All-State honors at offensive lineman by the TSSAA.
After a lot of of time and research by Sawyers and his family, schools likes Arizona State, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Ole Miss, NC State, Purdue, Tennessee, Washington and Washington State will have to take "no" for an answer.
"It's like a huge load off my shoulders," Sawyers said of ending the recruiting process. "I know coaches will still be calling me, but hopefully not as often. I know where I'm going and just want to focus on my senior season at Ensworth and winning another state championship."
Sawyers played as a freshman for the Ensworth Tigers and moved into a starting role on both sides of the ball as a sophomore. His Vanderbilt's twelfth commitment of the 2014 recruiting class and third to make a commitment this month with Trent Sherfield and Ike Powell.
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