April was a big offer month for Marion DE TJ Sanders (6-5 289). Tennessee, Duke, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech and East Carolina were some of the schools stepping up. USC was the first big offer for Sanders, and he also has Wake Forest, West Virginia, Syracuse and Coastal Carolina on the offer list. The Gamecocks offered in March after Tracy Rocker came on board and took over his recruiting.
“I talk to Coach Rocker every day and Coach (Will) Muschamp texts me every day as a matter of fact,” Sanders said. “They are one of the schools that’s checking on me the most. Coach Rocker talks about football, but when he calls me he’s not just trying to talk football, he’s just trying to see how I’m doing and now my family is doing. They are high up on my list. When I make one they’ll definitely be up there.”
Sanders was able to visit USC before the Covid-19 outbreak that led to the suspension of all in-person recruiting activities. He liked the feeling he got from the coaches and how they would use him.
“I like how they treat everybody as family,” Sanders said. “Coach Rocker says I’m interchangeable. I can play interior and I can play edge rush.”
Sanders had hoped to be further along in the recruiting process, but the inability to visit other places has slowed him down.
“I wanted to make a list before we go back to school, but I’ve only visited South Carolina, and I went to the Coastal spring game. Those are the only two schools I’ve been to. It’s kind of hard for me to make a list right now because I haven’t seen everybody yet.”
Sanders said he’s also hearing from Southern Cal and Tennessee and would like to visit those two.
Sanders is rated a three-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite and the #9 prospect in South Carolina.