The Texas A&M Aggies have received a big-time JUCO commitment from 4-star outside linebacker Tommy Sanders out of El Dorado, Kansas.
Sanders is considered to be the No. 1 overall junior college outside linebacker recruit for 2013 by the 247Sports composite rankings, so he's a huge pickup for Kevin Sumlin and his staff. Sanders checks in at 6'1'', 210 pounds.
Sam Khan Jr. of ESPN.com reports on the commitment:
With just hours remaining before mid-year junior college transfers can sign a letter of intent, Texas A&M has landed a commitment from one of it's final remaining juco targets.
Butler (Kan.) Community College outside linebacker Tommy Sanders, the No. 33 player in the ESPN Junior College 100 and the top-rated linebacker, has given the Aggies his pledge, according to Butler assistant coach Keith Browning.
What exactly is the 4-star outside linebacker bringing to the Aggies?
He's joining a class that has 34 current commitments and is ranked No. 7 overall by Rivals.com. Sanders is one of six linebackers currently committed to Texas A&M's 2013 recruiting class, so he'll be joining 3-star inside linebackers Reggie Chevis, Darian Claiborne, Kenny Flowers, Brett Wade and Edward Williams.
Of the group, Sanders may be the most talented, and his time at Butler Community College means that he has a bit more college experience which could end up being very valuable.
With the way that Texas A&M has taken off this season under the direction of coach Sumlin and the leadership of quarterback sensation Johnny Manziel, there's bound to be some big-time, pressure-filled games in the future. Sean Porter is a senior as is Jonathan Stewart, so having a player like Sanders on the depth chart will be crucial for A&M moving forward.
As far as football is concerned, Sanders has the intangibles to be a very good outside linebacker in the SEC. He has the size to hold his own against the run (though I'd like to see him bulk up a bit) and he runs a 4.45 40 according to Rivals.com.
Will Sanders play a major role in 2013?
He'll be effective in open space because of his speed, whether it be tracking down runners, filling a gap at the line of scrimmage or even going after quarterback on a blitz. For now, I can see him excelling at the "Will" linebacker position, but if he puts on a bit more mass through training at the college level, he can be an effective "Sam" outside linebacker as well.
Overall, landing Sanders' commitment is a huge recruiting win for the Aggies. He has the potential to be a very effective linebacker.