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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Tommy Sanders to announce Wednesday

By Brad Bournival

 

Four-star outside linebacker Tommy Sanders (Cordele, Ga./Butler Community College) will likely be No. 20 or No. 34 on Wednesday.

That’s the 20th commit for either Ohio State or South Carolina or No. 34 for Texas A&M in the Class of 2013 after he makes his announcement.

Butler (El Dorado, Kan.) CC coach Troy Morrell confirmed Sanders’ plans for his announcement via text message today.

Sanders’ recruitment has been interesting, as the 6-foot-2, 215-pound outside linebacker took official visits to the Aggies on Nov. 23, Ohio State on Dec. 7 and South Carolina last Friday.

The 33rd-ranked junior college player in the nation and top-ranked linebacker -- inside or outside -- was an honorable mention All-American this season.

Of the three programs Sanders is considering, the Buckeyes have the most pressing need at the position, with no linebackers in the recruiting class and a young unit on the field.

The Aggies have five linebackers in their recruiting class, while the Gamecocks have four.

The battle is believed to be between Ohio State, which offered Sanders last week, and South Carolina. The Gamecocks no doubt became a big player after his official visit because All-American Jadeveon Clowney was his host.

In his final season with national runner-up Butler, Sanders recorded 71 tackles -- 20 for loss -- logged eight sacks, two fumble recoveries, added a forced fumble and had an interception to go along with 12 pass breakups.