He will visit South Carolina December 15th.
Justin Sanders' Dad, Tim, did not want Justin to take an official visit to Ole Miss at
Justin was persistent with his Father. Finally, Tim and Justin's Mom, Michelle, consented and they drove over from New Market, near Huntsville.
The end result? They all "fell in love" with Ole Miss.
Justin did not commit to the Rebels on his visit but he fell just short.
"Ole Miss is my leader, by far," said the 6-4, 276-pounder. "I need to take my official visit to South Carolina so I can have a comparison, but I didn't see anything about Ole Miss I didn't like and neither did my parents."
Sanders was quick to point out the positives.
"I loved Ole Miss. I liked the small town and all the surroundings. I am a fisherman and heard there are great places to fish around there," Sanders began. "The facilities are really cool. Everything under one roof is very convenient for football players. It's also close to home - only a three-hour drive."
Sanders was a three-year starter for Buckhorn HS. As a junior, he helped carry Buckhorn to the state title game, with 122 tackles. They lost to Homewood in the AAAAA finals.
His senior season, Buckhorn jumped to AAAAAA classification and the team registered a 5-5 record. Justin had 93 tackles, 8 QB sacks and 16 tackles for loss.
"AAAAAA is a tough league, but we didn't really play together like we should have," Justin said. "We should have done better this year, despite jumping to the largest classification in Alabama."
Justin, who just turned 18 November 8, is already a strong young man.
"Our coach in high school believed in weightlifting. I have been in a pretty intense program," said Sanders. "I bench 410 pounds and clean and jerk 345 now. I imagine I can get a lot stronger in a fulltime weight program."
Sanders listed his strengths and areas that need improvement for the college level.