Notre Dame Football

C.J. Sanders Commits to Notre Dame: Irish Land WR Recruit with NFL Genes

Credit: 247Sports
Tyler DonohueNational Recruiting AnalystMay 6, 2014

Notre Dame secured a key offensive addition for its 2015 class Tuesday afternoon when wide receiver C.J. Sanders pledged to the Fighting Irish.

He shared the news of his commitment on Twitter:

The 5'9", 177-pound playmaker from Brentwood Academy (Tennessee) picked up an offer from Notre Dame in early March. He chose the Fighting Irish over several programs, including Tennessee, Stanford, Georgia and USC.

Sanders is a multisport athlete who excels on the track. He finished second in both the 100-meter and 200-meter state finals in 2013.

His football career at Brentwood Academy came to a close last fall. According to Brentwood Home Page reporter Sam McGaw, Sanders is set to move to California with his family following the school year.

He caught 52 passes for 738 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior.

"His talents are remarkable, but he's an even better kid," Brentwood Academy head coach Cody White told McGaw. "We're not going to be able to replace him. We don't have that kind of ability right now. It's tough, but he'll go on to do some great things."

Before heading to South Bend, he'll spend his senior season at Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, California).

His father, Chris Sanders, played receiver at Ohio State in the early 1990s. He played seven NFL seasons with the Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns.

The 3-star wideout also received a shout-out on twitter from Jamie Foxx; "Congrats to my little brother @TheLifeofCeej on his commitment to ND yesterday. He played my son in Ray. Proud of u". 

Rated No. 44 nationally among receivers in's composite rankings, Sanders is the eighth Notre Dame commit of this recruiting cycle.

The Fighting Irish have added five prospects since late March, including fellow 3-star receiver Jalen Guyton (Allen, Texas). With Sanders on board, the class jumped five spots to No. 13 in 247Sports' composite team rankings.

The Fighting Irish continue to add to a future aerial attack that already features 4-star quarterback Blake Barnett.

Expect head coach Brian Kelly to add at least one more prospect at receiver before national signing day.


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