Trip Report: Joe Sanders spoke Thursday night with La Grange, Ga. DE/OLB Joe Sanders, who traveled the 2753 miles between his hometown and Seattle, Wash. to take an official visit to the University of Washington. He did it with two good friends, Reuben Foster and Maurice Swain, guys he's known since the sixth grade.

"It's always good to have more than one person's opinion," Sanders told Dawgman about taking the trip with his friends. "I wanted to see something different. It's good to go check out other things. You never know - everything might be the same, so you might want to go out West and see if it's different and if you like it better than other places."

Sanders had never been to Seattle before. "I heard it rains a lot, but when I got up there it didn't rain a drop," he said.

Shaquille Thompson and Josh Shirley were Sanders' player-hosts. "They showed me the rules, showed me how everything goes, showed me the new stadium they are building," Sanders said. He had more to say about the renovated Husky Stadium. "I like it. It's going to be the loudest stadium in the country. It's going to be brand-new if I go. When I get there I'll be the first to play in it."

Were there any other highlights of the trip for Sanders? "We went to the Space Needle," he said. "We ate good too. We did lots of things; they showed us everything. They told us everything we needed to know, from education to football."

The Huskies are recruiting the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Sanders as a defensive end or outside linebacker. Most schools are recruiting Sanders that way. "They said I have a chance to play as a true freshman," he said. "That's really important to me."

Sanders originally committed to Tennessee but re-opened the recruiting process when head coach Derek Dooley was fire. He said Thursday he's still committed to the Vols. "I'm trying to go to Tennessee, Arkansas and North Carolina," he said when asked about taking more official visits. I'm don't know if I'm going to make all of them, but I'm trying."

When asked how he would rate his official visit to UW, Sanders gave it an '8 or 9'. "It went good," he said.

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