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November 5, 2012

Commitment round up

Cleveland, Tennessee offensive tackle and Tennessee commitment Austin Sanders walked off the field for the final time last Friday night in a loss to McMinn County. The Bradley Central product has produced at a high level and leaves prep football behind with a lot of great feelings.

"It's crazy," Sanders said."It's hard to believe it's over. It's really not set in yet and I don't think it will until our banquet. The last couple of years I could always look forward to the next year. It's crazy. High School football is totally different than any othe kind of football."

While it's hard to believe his high school career is over, he does take several great memories with him.

"I have a lot of great memories," Sanders said."I will remember all the moments of hanging out and the practices. Going through the drills with everyone and I'll always remember them like they were yesterday. I'll never get them back, but they will always go with me. Just all the hard work we put in."

The 6-foot-5 and 300 pound Sanders has grown quite a bit as a player. He's not just a raw talent anymore. He's worked hard to improve his craft and he's seen the results.

"I feel like my play was really good," Sanders said. "I didn't play well the last couple of weeks and I don't think I was there mentally and physically the last couple of weeks. I did really well pass blocking this year. That's where I improved. I've always been really good at run blocking. I only give up one sack this year and I felt like my game really did improve."

Sanders is at each Tennessee home game. He's become good friends with several other Vol commitments and that's a big thing in his eyes.

"Talking to Brett, Josh, and Jalen is really cool," Sanders said. "They are going to be the guys that I'm playing with in the future. It's good to already have friends coming in next year and I think that will help us out because we will be comfortable."

The Vols sit at 4-5 on the season after a thrilling 55-48 win over Troy on Saturday. It's those type of games that are driving Sanders crazy.

"I think I'm going to have a heart attack by next year," Sanders said. "They keep me on the edge of my seat. They have started to give me gray hairs. I'm going to have to dye my hair by the time I'm a freshman in college."

One area where the Vols have improved is on the offensive line. The running game has been tremendous and Sanders sees great things ahead for a unit that has bonded under first year Vol assistant Sam Pittman.

"I think coach Pittman is doing a great job," Sanders said."I think they need more of a power back and let them move it between the tackles. They are using smaller backs in between the tackles and I think that's one thing Tennessee is missing. The running game has really improved a lot compared to last year. They have worked hard and the line and backs have done well."

The Class of 2013
Zach Barnes

Linebacker
6-foot-3, 225 pounds
Grayson High School, Loganville, Ga.

Barnes had three total tackles in a 48-0 win over Archer. Next up is Brookwood.

Ben Bradley

Defensive tackle
6-foot-3, 315 pounds
Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson, Kan.

Bradley recorded two tackles in Hutchison's 52-28 win over Coffeyville to advance to the region final. Next up is a rematch against Butler.

De'Vondre Campbell

Linebacker
6-foot-5, 215 pounds
Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson, Kan.

Campbell had 6 tackles and a pass breakup in Hutchison's 52-28 win over Coffeyville to advance to the region final. Next up is a rematch against Butler.

Jason Carr

Defensive end
6-foot-6, 280 pounds
White Station High School, Memphis, Tenn.

Carr's season is over

Riley Ferguson

Quarterback
6-foot-2, 190 pounds
Butler High School, Matthews, N.C.

Ferguson was 16 of 23 for 249 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-0 win over West Forsyth. Next up is a rematch with Independence.

Colton Goeas

Linebacker
6-foot-2, 245 pounds
St. Louis High School, Honolulu, Hi.

Goeas season is over.

Paul Harris

Wide receiver
6-foot-4, 186 pounds
Federick Douglass High School, Upper Marlboro, MD.

Harris and his Eagle teammates won a low-scoring game against Friendly, 8-0. Next up is Patuxent.

Brett Kendrick

Offensive line
6-foot-5, 295 pounds
Christian Academy of Knoxville, Knoxvillle, Tenn.

Kendrick and CAK defeated Loudon 56-21. Next up is Kingston.

Kameron Miles

Safety
6-foot-2, 200 pounds
West Mesquite High School, Mesquite, Texas

Miles was credited with two tackles in West Mesquite's 41-7 win over Forney. Up next is Poteet.

Camion Patrick

Wide receiver
6-foot-3, 200 pounds
West High School, Knoxville, Tenn.

Patrick is ineligible per the TSSAA, but is attending Knox West.

Jalen Reeves-Maybin

Athlete
6-foot-1, 198 pounds
Northeast High School, Clarksville, Tenn.

Reeves-Maybin had a huge game with 316 yards rushing on 23 carries and five touchdowns in Northeast's first round playoff win over Station Camp. Next up is Centennial.

Austin Sanders

Offensive tackle
6-foot-5, 300 pounds
Bradley Central High School, Cleveland, Tenn.

Sanders had his career come to an end in a 42-22 loss to McMinn County.

Dan Skipper

Offensive tackle
6-foot-10, 295 pounds
Ralston Valley High School, Arvada, Col.

Ralston Valley beat Castle View 45-0. Next up is Fort Collins.

Josh Smith

Wide receiver
6-foot-1, 185 pounds
Christian Academy of Knoxville, Knoxville, Tenn.

Smith had six catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns in a 56-21 win over Loudon. He also had four tackles. Next up is Kingston.

Cameron Sutton

Defensive back
6-foot-0, 175 pounds
Jonesboro High School, Jonesboro, Ga.

Sutton had four total touchdowns and almost 300 yards of total offense in a 44-35 win over Lee. He also had four tackles. Next up is Dutchtown.

Corey Vereen

Linebacker
6-foot-2, 220 pounds
West Orange High School, Winter Garden, Fla.

Vereen and his West Orange defeated Oak Ridge 41-9. University is next in the regular season finale.

Dominic Zanka

Linebacker
6-foot-2, 242 pounds
Lake Brantley High School, Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Zanca didn't play in Lake Brantley's 37-14 win over University while resting up for the playoffs. It's a bye next week before the first round begins.



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