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I'm a Wildcat: Raymond Sanders Committs To Kentucky

Rick GillispieCorrespondent IIAugust 5, 2009

"I'm committed to Kentucky," Raymond Sanders said.

Kentucky received its third commitment of the 2010 class from Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson all-purpose back Raymond Sanders Sunday.

Sanders (5'8", 170 pounds), who rushed for 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, chose the Wildcats over scholarship offers from East Carolina, Western Kentucky, Ohio, Toledo, Middle Tennessee State, Marshall and Louisiana Tech.

Sanders added almost 200 yards receiving and two kickoff return touchdowns for the Jaguars last season. The Cats have made a living off of versatile backs who can catch the ball out of the backfield, and Sanders said he is excited about how he will be used in the offense.

Sanders becomes the Wildcats' third verbal commitment of the 2010 class following Bamberg (S.C.) Ehrhardt defensive end Justin Henderson and LaGrange (Ga.) kicker Joe Mansour.

ESPN Evaluation

"While undersized, Sanders has good foot-speed and quickness as projected skill player at the next level. Shorter frame is well-defined and tightly-wound/quick-twitched giving him deceptive strength on contact.

"He projects to be more of a change-of-pace, scat-back type or a corner on defense. He is shifty with the ball in his hands on offense showing good stop-start skill sidestepping and jump-cutting the first defender through the hole. Runs with his eyes and often sees the small creases open quickly and can change speeds to knife through. Feet are always moving allowing him to break a good amount of initial contact through the second level. Can be slippery to wrap up. Displays good top-end speed and elusiveness in the second level.

"However, he is not very explosive and displays marginal running power. Durability is a concern as he will take more direct shots in college. We like his lateral footwork and hips but he tends to dance at times and take wasted east-west steps instead of getting north. Does not project to be a fulltime runner at the next level and more a change-of-pace, complement back in the spread offense where he can take advantage of his skills as a space player.

"May end up getting a look at corner as he displays the feet and hips to effectively mirror in off-man coverages and the speed to matchup vertically. Sanders is a prospect who would be more on the recruiting radar if he had a bit more size."

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