FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Tucker (Ga.) High School coach Bryan Lamar let out a long, slow whistle when asked about one of the rising stars on his team, cornerback Dominick Sanders. The new head coach at one of the powerhouse schools in the Peach State imparted a lot of information in that whistle. It is clear he was quite happy watching Sanders dominate the 7-on-7 tournament that pitted his Tigers against some of the top teams in the area on Wednesday.
“He has great ball skills and a great set of hands,” Lamar said. “He has good feet and is a good athlete. But along with his athleticism he has great body control and hands. He is going to have big year for us on both sides of the ball. He is physical; he will tackle you. He is strong in the weight room and powerful in all of his lifts. I am expecting big things from him.”
There is a reason why such a description of a player named Sanders from Tucker will sound familiar to Georgia fans. Sanders’ older brother Chris joined the Bulldogs in 2011 as a cornerback, playing one season before being dismissed from the team for violating team rules. Chris Sanders is at Georgia Military College and he hopes to rejoin the Bulldogs in the future.
"He will be done over there in about six months," Sanders said of his older brother.
In the meantime, the coaching staff at Georgia is checking out Dominick.
“Georgia, Clemson and Florida have been sending me letters telling me to just keep doing what I am doing and they will come watch me play,” Sanders said. “They saw me at my spring practice too. I will visit Georgia. I am going to camps this summer.”
The 5-foot-11, 173-pound junior had 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions in the morning session of the 7-on-7 tournament.
“Schools are looking at me as a cornerback and receiver,” Sanders said. “I can do both and play safety but I am better as a corner. That is what I am training for, to be a corner.”