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Thursday, January 10, 2013
Peach State trio ready for official

By Kipp Adams

Three star defensive end Joe Sanders (Lagrange, Ga./Troup) has been committed to Tennessee for several months. But the 6-foot-5, 270-pound prospect will not be taking his first official visit to Knoxville, Tenn. this weekend.

Instead Sanders will accompany his former teammates and childhood friends out west.

“Me, Reuben Foster and Maurice Swain are all taking the official to Washington this weekend,” Sanders said.  “We talked about playing together in college when we went to a basketball game two weeks ago.”

Sanders admits that his first thoughts on the trip to Washington are to see a new place far away from home, but he is open to considering the Huskies’ program.

“I want to see the atmosphere and how everything looks,” Sanders said. “I have not been able to visit anywhere out of town yet it is a chance to see something new. I have heard a lot of good things but have not seen it yet, so I am looking forward to checking Washington out.”

All Huskies defensive line coach Tush Lupoi wants is a chance to mold Sanders into a standout performer in the Pac-12.

“Coach Lupoi says he has coached a few players to the NFL and that with the new scheme and his coaching, I would have a lot of success,” Sanders said.

After his trip to Washington, Sanders will take two other official visits, to Tennessee Jan. 18 and to North Carolina Jan. 25. Arkansas has also recently offered Sanders, who says the new Volunteers’ coaching staff is hoping he sticks.

“I am still committed to Tennessee, but I am talking to North Carolina and Washington as well,” Sanders said. “Tennessee wants me to stay strong to my commitment and play for the Vols. “