Butler County Community College linebacker Tommy Sanders isn't totally comfortable talking about his recruitment. Not right now, anyway. Not with his team ranked No. 2 in the polls and chasing a national title. He deflects most questions about his future. There are still some facts to be gleaned, however.
It takes some persistence and a few repeated questions to draw it out him, but the three-star prospect has settled on a favorite school. Once he relaxes, he cuts through the clichés and shares details. He's short with his opinions, but it's better than the mum approach.
"My favorite school to offer so far is Texas A&M," Sanders said on Tuesday. "Texas is a great state and A&M has a good tradition for linebackers."
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Sanders went on to cite former Aggie great Von Miller as an example of the school's recent success with producing linebackers before starting to spout the standard recruiting pleasantries. It's not particularly insightful or unique, but it's something. The semi-silence is understandable for a player concerned with an upcoming elimination game.
"When I hear people talk about A&M, there's just a lot of love there and they all look out for each other," Sanders said. "It's a family down at A&M."
Word of mouth is a major part of what's currently pulling Sanders toward College Station. He admits that openly, but he'll get the chance to see for himself soon enough. A visit has been set, and the 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect will be in the Kyle Field stands on No. 24 for the Aggies' regular-season finale against Missouri.
Sitting in what Sanders describes as a steady second place in his recruitment is Mississippi State, to which he is still working to finalize an official visit. As of now, Sanders' eyes are on Nov. 17, but that's dependent on what the junior college playoffs bring.
"I'm going to visit sometime, but I'm not totally sure when yet," Sanders said. "We talked about the Arkansas game, but we have a chance to play for the national championship. I have to see how our schedule goes before I decide for sure."