Wide receiver C.J. Sanders, who chose the Irish over finalists Duke, Stanford and USC, explains why…
"I have officially committed to the University of Notre Dame & I thank God for this opportunity," Sanders announced via Twitter.
The 5-foot-9, 165-pound wide receiver played his freshman through junior seasons at Brentwood Academy in Brentwood, Tennessee. He will transfer to Notre Dame High in Sherman, California for his senior year.
Sanders, who chose the Irish over offers from the likes of Duke, Georgia, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Northwestern, Stanford, Tennessee and USC, was team captain his junior year, and he caught 43 passes for 665 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also returned three punts for 113 yards and a score. That earned him the distinction of being a TSSAA Division II Class AA Mr. Football Back of the Year finalist.
Sherman finished 8-4 in 2013, reaching the state semifinals before falling to eventual champion Ensworth 21-12.
Sanders' dad, Chris Sanders, was a standout wide receiver for Ohio State in the early '90s before playing with the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans in the NFL. He was a third round pick in 1995. Sanders' step-dad, safety Corey Harris (born in Indianapolis, Indiana), played at Vanderbilt and went on to win a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens. He was a third round draft pick in 1992.
Sanders was recruited to Notre Dame by offensive line coach Harry Hiestand. He was offered in early March and visited Notre Dame last weekend.
Sanders is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 40 wide receiver in the class of 2015.
Stay tuned for more from Sanders on his commitment to Notre Dame.