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Denton Ryan Raider Ja’Tavion Sanders watched teammate Billy Bowman Jr. choose the Longhorns this summer. Sanders realized in the fall that Austin would be a great place for him, too.
The 2021 Denton Ryan ATH committed to Texas, choosing the Longhorns over competing offers from Alabama, Baylor, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Texas A&M, and Washington among others.
He projects to either side of the ball, but defense will get his first look at Texas at either OLB or DE. On offense he offers size, skill, and potential as a pass-catcher.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder is a special athlete with multiple traits and intangibles. He, with Bowman Jr., are about as good a duo as you’ll find in any 2021 classes.
Ian Boyd on Sanders: Although he’s already 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Sanders is only a sophomore with a career in football that could follow along two different trajectories. Much like Bru McCoy, Sanders currently has film as both a dominant edge rusher and as a receiver. His change of direction and hands are both excellent, giving him a high ceiling in either direction he goes. In the Texas defense he’d be a B-backer/rover hybrid like Joe Ossai, regularly playing on the edge as an outside LB but also moving inside some in dime packages. On offense he’s basically a slightly smaller and smoother Malcolm Epps that could grow into a dynamite flex TE with his fluid route running and strong hands.
Sanders is the eighth member of Texas’ 2021 class joining Derrick Harris Jr. (New Caney), Billy Bowman Jr. (Denton Ryan), Juan Davis (Everman), Hayden Conner (Katy Taylor), Jalen Milroe (Katy Tompkins), Lake McRee (Lake Travis), and Quaydarius Davis (Dallas Skyline).