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Monday, January 14, 2013
Vols commit enjoys Washington visit

By Mason Kelley

When Joe Sanders (Lagrange, Ga./Troup) started to talk about his official visit to Washington, he said, “It went good. It went good from start to finish.”

Then the 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end paused, thought a minute and added, “Well, not at the start.”

The Tennessee commit, who took his visit with two of his good friends -- linebacker Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) and defensive tackle Maurice Swain (Lagrange, Ga./Troup) -- had some travel trouble.

“We missed our flight, so we had to sit at the airport for 10 hours,” said Sanders, who was back at the airport waiting for his flight home.

So, instead of enjoying the perks of a trip to Seattle the way they planned, the trio had to start their journey with airport food and naps in the terminal.

Once they made their way to the other side of the country, though, everything went well.

“We did a lot of good things,” Sanders said. “I really like them. It seems like they’ll take care of you.”

All three of the friends enjoyed the trip, and Sanders said having familiar faces with him helped with weighing the pros and cons of playing in Seattle.

“It was good, because it’s always good to have more than one opinion of a place,” Sanders said. “To see what they liked about it, see what I liked about it.”

Sanders said his host was freshman Shaq Thompson. The safety shared his recruiting experiences. He said Washington offered him an opportunity to play early, giving him a chance to compete for a starting job in his first year.

After listening to Thompson’s sales pitch, experiencing the campus and talking to the coaching staff, Sanders returned home with plenty of positives to consider.

He said the Huskies are in his top four -- a list that also includes Tennessee, North Carolina and Kentucky.

“I had a good time over there,” Sanders said. “I liked it.”

Sanders will continue to weigh his options when he visits the Volunteers next week.