Posted: 10:35 pm Monday, January 27th, 2014

Brother of ex-UGA player commits to the Bulldogs 

By Michael Carvell

UGA DB commit Domick Sanders (No. 1 jersey) of Tucker High School was one of state's most electrifying playmakers for 2013 (AJC)

UGA DB commit Domick Sanders (No. 1 jersey) of Tucker High School was one of state’s most electrifying playmakers for 2013 (AJC)

UGA picked up commit No. 18 on Monday when Tucker High School defensive back Dominick Sanders committed to the Bulldogs.

Sanders, the younger brother of former UGA defensive back Chris Sanders, pledged to the Bulldogs after an in-home visit with new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt on Monday night.

“Georgia was always my dream offer,” Sanders said. “It’s amazing how everything worked out.”

It was a roller-coaster couple of days for Sanders. He committed to UCF last weekend, but both sides decided it was best to part ways after Sanders returned from an official visit to Auburn on Sunday.

“It was a long couple of days,” Tucker coach Bryan Lamar told the AJC. “He was excited and relieved about Georgia. It has been a roller-coaster ride. At the end of day, though, the kid is going where he wants to go. It is good for both sides.”

The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder got a long-awaited offer from UGA on Monday, and committed on the same day – even before going on his official visit with the Bulldogs scheduled for Friday.

“I felt like it hit me really deep when they offered,” Sanders said. “I had always said if Georgia ever came in on me, that was the offer I was going to take. I have been down there a million times, and it was the place I liked. I really felt good about it. It’s just a blessing.”

Sanders is rated as a 3-star and the state’s No. 73 overall prospect, per 247sports composite rankings. He will play either safety or cornerback at UGA, along with special teams as a returner.

Dominick Sanders (AJC)

Dominick Sanders (AJC)

His older brother, Chris Sanders, starred at Tucker and was one of the state’s top prospects for 2011. He signed with UGA but was dismissed after his freshman season for violating team rules. The elder Sanders attended a pair of junior colleges to get things back together, signing with Baylor last month.

“My brother congratulated me on committing to Georgia,” Dominick said. “He has always had said good things about Georgia. He’s thinks it a good school with good coaches. He said he just made some mistakes, and it was a bad thing to happen. But he’s worked hard to bounce back, and he’s proud of me for going to Georgia.”

This past season, Sanders was the best player on a Tucker team that reached the Class AAAAA state championship game — and was loaded with at least a dozen players holding major-college offers. As a senior, Sanders rushed for 567 yards and 12 touchdowns, passed for three touchdowns, and returned a pair of punts for touchdowns. Sanders also played at his best in the big games, including two scoring receptions in the championship loss to Creekside.

But for reasons that didn’t make much sense, Sanders was mostly ignored by bigger colleges until the last few weeks. We wrote in August that he was easily “one of the state’s most underrated” prospects.

It took a fresh pair of eyes from UGA (with Pruitt) to make the Bulldogs finally move forward.

“It was one of those weird things in recruiting,” Lamar explained. “It was like everybody was wondering why the kid is available, so everybody was reserved.

“Finally, you get a situation where you get a new guy in, like Coach Pruitt, who really takes a good look and says ‘This is exactly what we need.’ Pruitt was just like ‘I just don’t understand it. I just don’t understand why everybody is not all over this kid.’

“I didn’t understand it either. It’s the kind of thing that makes you second-guess the whole recruiting process. But it worked out in the end. Georgia got a good one. Dominick is a good kid, he’s hard worker, and he just makes things happen on a football field.”

Sanders also disputed a report by 247sports.com’s UCF website that his scholarship was “pulled” after “he did not inform anyone on the staff that he was taking other visits.”

“UCF knew about the visit before I went, yes sir,” Sanders said. “And I let them know I had a home visit with Georgia tonight. They wanted to know what would happen if Georgia offered me tonight, and when I gave them my answer, they had to do what they did. It’s all good, though. UCF is a good school, and everything worked out for the best.”

Sanders will take an official visit to UGA on Friday.

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114 comments
TimDawg4260
TimDawg4260

I am a die hard Bulldog fan have been 1 for years and years will always be one. But 1 thing I can't stand to see is our coaches sitting back & letting these kids that have talent and love UGA have to wait forever to get a freakin offer. If it was not for Pruitt this kid might have gone to the enemy Auburn or even the Gamecocks. This has to stop this kinda stuff has been happening for years !!!!!! CONGRATS TO THE YOUNG MAN ON BEING A BULLDOG. GO DAWGS SIC'EM 

TeheranHeight
TeheranHeight

This state has a lot of kids that are very talented and are getting overlooked for some reason. Another player in Savannah is really getting overlooked is Jordan Walker of Calvary Day School. Yall can check him out here.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yxWQIJBKH6g

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

Red and Black DAWG Ignores Troll's Comments

I think this young man will be a definite asset for the DAWGS. Sounds like a very level headed young man, and I would bet he will work his butt off, to get on the field.

Sometimes, these kids, for whatever reason do fly under the radar, but a kid that is motivated and gets rewarded by the school he wanted to play for, turns out better than the 5 star who thinks he is just naturally going to start right off playing full time as soon as he joins the team. 

I think the term is "Team Player", and they can be worth as much or more than the 5 star, who is only concerned about himself in some cases.

By the way, being a 3 star isn't all that shabby either, when you consider all of the senior high school players there are each year. I wouldn't begin to guess or know how they evaluate DB's in these services that do that sort of thing, but I doubt few, if any of them, give much attention to a kids heart and desire. He might turn out to be a terrific DB for UGA, with the proper training, if he even needs that much anyway. He is obviously an athlete, and has a lot of natural physical talent.I suppose he could have been over looked by a lot of them as well. Time will tell, but I am betting the young man ends up being a good choice for the DAWGS.

thebucket
thebucket

Dominick looks like a good playmaker from a good program at Tucker. Welcome to Athens!

ARdawg
ARdawg

Good deal and good luck Dominick. We're grateful and lucky to have you and looking forward to seeing you on the field

BulldawgRick
BulldawgRick

Welcome to the Dawg Nation 'Nique...

Glad to have a talent that WANTS to be representing the G!

To be honest, we need MORE 3's * that have the "do anything" on the field  play...

David Pollack & David Green were 2 or 3's depending on which service you looked at.. 

They turned out OK..

Tucker has that winning tradition - so you know what it's like to Git er Dun.. 

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

What did his brother do to get kicked off the team?

TU
TU

With all of the positive comments I wonder if his academics measure up?


RangeRover
RangeRover

He was honest with UCF without knowing that UGA would offer.  Grateful, honest and sincere kids like this you feel good about.


Best of luck, kid.

Bulldawg Dead
Bulldawg Dead

Congratulations Dominick. You are the kind of player that UGA needs. I will take young men like you all day. A kid that loves and appreciates what UGA football is all about. I have no doubt that you will excel and make your mark Between The Hedges! Welcome to UGA

Dawg350
Dawg350

Great pick up for UGA. He seems like a hidden diamond in the ruff. Richt said he wowed him at camp. I'm happy we got him...he seems like he has always loved UGA....

WDE
WDE

Welcome to he Bull Dog Nation Mr.Sanders best of luck on the field and in the class room! Go Dogs !

Obama_Joke
Obama_Joke

Well, the world needs ditch-diggers, too, Danny.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

“Finally, you get a situation where you get a new guy in, like Coach Pruitt, who really takes a good look and says ‘This is exactly what we need.’ Pruitt was just like ‘I just don’t understand it. I just don’t understand why everybody is not all over this kid.’

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Okay....so the new coach has done what no other coaches did...take a good look. 

Weird ... one of the state's most electrifying playmakers didn't get an offer from the state school until now?


Something isn't stirring the kool-aid, coach Lamar.   


BMOC_
BMOC_

Thank God for Pruitt!  Finally, someone that can recognize talent without depending on one of these lame recruiting services.  You want to know why UCF finished better than UGA this past year?  Perhaps because they know they can't compete with the BIG schools in recruiting, so they actually have to depend on their OWN scouting.  Sounds like Pruitt is doing just that. Amen.

dawgs01
dawgs01

bama might have put together one of the greatest classes ever.  it is ridiculous.  that staff has been busting their butt.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie You idiot, Richt has been hitting the recruiting trail just as hard. Know what you're talking about before you speak. Oh that's right, you're a Tech fan. 

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@RangeRover


Just my opinion but if he had grade(s) problems I believe UGA would have delayed his offer. Maybe not!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@BMOC_


Not the entire problem but UGA injuries was a huge factor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

prosend
prosend

I would imagine b/c of their flexible admission standards.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@BMOC_

Not prudent to believe everything you read.  


UGA beat-out, among others, Old Dominion, Troy, Marshall, Georgia State, Middle Tenn State, Buffalo, UConn, Arkansas State, and Appalachian State for DS' services.  


He's a low 3* (74 grade).   Can he turn-out to be great?  Absolutely.  But more than likely, no.   

midtowncowboy
midtowncowboy

@BMOC_  


You want to know why UCF finished better than UGA this past year?


They played 1 ranked team and then beat a team in a bowl game that didn't care.


ROTFLMAO.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@dawgs01 Bammy just recently lost a 5* R B  and a 5*  QB.  I  was not surprised that the RB left because you could tell in high school he would be another Isaiah Crowell and Saban would not allow that!!


Too much Ego but some kids cannot handle being told for years and years how wonderful the are and should be treated as royalty ALL THEIR LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@dawgs01 

All I see is a lot of 4 and 5-star players who are going to ride the bench for 2 years when they could be starting at other Colleges. I will never be able to understand the mind of a 17 year old when they know that other Schools like Georgia put just as many or more players in Pro ball as Alabama. That is what should be important.

thebucket
thebucket

@BigTimeTECHFan@gtcaryd That's an outright lie BTTF and you know it. Sanders was dismissed at the same time Nick Marshall was for apparently the same reason. Chris has committed to Baylor and hopefully he has turned his life around and I wish him the best. Don't you guys ever get tired of your UGA Obsession Disorder? The cure is get a life or get a girl.

BrianBrenner
BrianBrenner

@THEBuckeye ......Stil here huh? I when your own team chokes against its only two quality opponents of the last two years, t is easier to just talk smack abou other team than to realize your own sad truth. tOSU sucks.

Farcas
Farcas

I will give you 3 guesses why the Suckeyes chocked again this year and the first 2 don't count.

ARdawg
ARdawg

@THEBuckeye@gtcaryd You're trolling Buckey. Chris wasn't a bad kidHe nade a bad decision just like his cohort Nick Marshal. I suppose you think he should have been blindfolded, handed a cigarette and shot?

TrueFan1
TrueFan1

now baylor has to deal with it

Dawg350
Dawg350

Buck

Another Ohio state player got arrested.....but I guess you didn't notice that since you were so busy being a tech fan.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@D-Sheets @BMOC_ 

We have had plenty of 3-star end up All- Americans. In past years Richt would have held 5 or 6 Scholarships for his walk -on's to reward as many as possible for their Scout Team work. I'm encouraged that he now see's that a 3-star is more valuable than a walk-on.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@C-Kirk What SHOULD be IMPORTANT is getting a Valuable DEGREE.....after all it is COLLEGE and these are supposed to be STUDENT athletes. 

Andy123
Andy123

@C-Kirk@dawgs01

Why would a kid in this modern era choose UGA over Alabama?  Which school is most likely to win its annual bowl game, win a SEC Championship and play for and quite possibly win a National Championship in the next four years of said kid's life?    I'm not even an Alabama fan but I do live in reality. 

NCDawg
NCDawg

@C-Kirk@dawgs01it'll change in a couple of years.  A few more Alvin Kamara's and a couple of missed National Championship opportunities and the recruits will start dispersing elsewhere.  Remember it's been only a few years since the first championship.  Look at history and you will see that these spikes don't last for more than a few years at a time.  The long term success might remain but the program will wax and wane in a cycle.  Just watch...

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@POAD2013 @C-Kirk 

I totally agree with you on that point. I have always thought the NCAA should sue the NFL for restitution of developing their future players  instead of Pro Football setting up their on Minor League. Probably 25% of all College Football players have no business stepping foot on a College campus. If they were on the same academic standards as the average Student they wouldn't  even get into College let alone pass once they got there.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@Andy123 @C-Kirk @dawgs01 

Which is more likely to Grey Shirt you, put you on Medical disability or just get rid of you for no apparent reason other than to make room for someone else.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@POAD2013@NCDawg


"Bama is set better than most every college"


You still talking about the team that lost their last 2 games and their Heisman finalist QB and no returning QB with experience??? I see that they are borrowing FSU's backup QB so that could be a plus!!!!!!!!!!

POAD2013
POAD2013

@NCDawg...Funny...now that the PLAYOFFS are starting BAMA is set better than most every college to make a run. They are DEEPER than almost every teams in the NCAA. Look at UGa this past year. Do you think UGa would make a run in the PLAYOFFS with their drop off in talent when injuries hit them hard?

4-5* kids will still want to go to BAMA(I Hate it) because they will play and build depth to make it through the season to be one of the 4 playoff teams.