Sanders is 20th 2012 commitment

AUSTIN, Texas -- U.S. Army All-American wide receiver Kendall Sanders (Athens, Texas/Athens) told HornsNation on Friday afternoon that he has committed to the Longhorns.

Sanders had been committed to Oklahoma State since February but de-committed earlier this week. He visited Texas on Nov. 23 and was offered a scholarship by Longhorns coach Mack Brown.

Athens coach Paul Essary said it was because Sanders didn't want to leave any doubt about his decision.

"It is just a real big decision for a young man," Essary said. "He just wants to make sure that he is 100 percent certain that that's where he wants to go. It is nothing against the college or the coach. He loved all of them. The only thing he told me is 'Coach, it is a big decision and I just want to have a little more time to think about and reevaluate things just to make sure that's where I am supposed to be.'"

Sanders (6-foot, 170) becomes the 20th commitment for Texas' 2012 class, which sits atop the ESPNU Class Rankings. A four-star recruit by ESPNU, he is rated as the No. 10 cornerback in the country. But Texas recruited him as a receiver.

Sanders called Texas' coaching staff to inform them of his decision Friday afternoon. He chose the Longhorns over Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Baylor, Texas A&M and TCU. In addition to those schools, Sanders had offers from Arkansas, Michigan, Missouri and Notre Dame. He has yet to take an official visit to Texas.

He gives Texas its third high-caliber receiver in this class along with Under Armour All-Americans Cayleb Jones (Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin) and Thomas Johnson (Dallas/Skyline), the No. 3 and No. 4 receivers in the country, respectively.

They'll join a group of receivers next season that should include Jaxon Shipley, Mike Davis, Marquise Goodwin, DeSean Hales, Darius White, John Harris, Bryant Jackson and Miles Onyegbule.

Sanders' commitment also gives Texas three players who will play in the U.S. Army All-American Game, which will be played at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Jan. 7. The others are linebacker Tim Cole (Brenham, Texas/Brenham) and defensive end Hassan Ridgeway (Mansfield, Texas/Mansfield).

The Longhorns have 10 commitments playing in the Under Armour All-America Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Jan. 5.

During his career at Athens, Sanders set a school record with 46 touchdowns. He had 10 (five rushing, five receiving) in 2011.

William Wilkerson covers University of Texas football and recruiting for HornsNation
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