Former Brentwood star talks Vandy

C.J. Sanders established himself as one of the top rising seniors in Tennessee at Brentwood Academy. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound wide receiver, who has been a three-year starter for the Eagles, is moving west to Sherman Oaks, Calif., after the school year. The Vanderbilt coaches, some of whom recently resided in that state, will be in close pursuit.

Although it would be much easier to recruit Sanders in their backyard, the Vanderbilt coaches do have strong California roots which could serve them well as they'll likely stay in hot pursuit bring Sanders back to the Nashville area for college.

"I'm pretty excited about the move to California because I've heard about the good competition out there and want to compete and go against the best players in the L.A. area," C.J. Sanders shared with

"I'd be open to returning to the south for college. Right now, I'm open to everybody. I have 16 offers and I'm taking the process slow. I'm not in any big rush to commit to anybody. I'm looking for the place where I feel the most at home."

"I've been hearing from Vanderbilt for awhile now, but I had to rebuild my relationship there because they brought in a new staff. I've been building a relationship with Marc Lubick, the wide receivers coach, and it's getting stronger. My step-dad actually played football at Vanderbilt. His name is Corey Harris and was a running back."

As a junior at Brentwood, Sanders had more than 900 receiving yards with 12 touchdown receptions and seven rushing touchdowns. He was a finalist for Tennessee's Mr. Football and was named first team All-State, All-District, and All-Area.

"Last year I felt like I did a better job with my routes," he said. "I just went out there to be a playmaker, make things happen with the ball in my hands, and create separation from the defensive backs."

Sanders hasn't been too busy this spring with recruiting, only going to Duke's spring game, but has plans on taking a visit to Notre Dame on May 3rd.

"Academics is something that's very important to me," Sanders said. "That will be the main factor in making my decision, but, with football, I want to see how the coaches plan on utilizing me in the offense. Location doesn't matter to me as much as finding the right place where I feel like I'll fit in and be comfortable."

California schools like USC and Stanford have already reached out to Sanders with offers, but so have plenty of SEC schools including Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt. Top Stories