Offensive Lineman, Class of 2023
Baylor School, Chattanooga, TN
On Oct. 15, during the third quarter a game against Knoxville Catholic, class of 2023 Baylor School (Tenn.) offensive lineman Brycen Sanders felt a sharp pain in his gut. He headed to the sideline, where trainers initially thought the cause was a stomach illness.
But the pain wouldn’t subside. When Sanders went to the hospital a day later, he was diagnosed with appendicitis. His appendix had ruptured. The next day he had surgery to remove the appendix, and on Nov. 13 he returned to the lineup for Baylor’s playoff loss to Montgomery Bell (Tenn.).
The experience gave Sanders some perspective on caution, on listening to his body, and also how quickly his football career could end. As his recruitment picks up, he’s taking a more cautious approach as he also waits for more opportunities to take in-person visits.
“I’m just going off film and the camps I’ve gone to,” Sanders said. “The NCEC camp, I went to it a couple of weeks ago, and that helped. The recruiting services there help get my name out more. It just proves how quick and agile I am. Going along with my film, it just shows my versatility as a lineman and a player.”
Sanders’ abilities have been noticed. Virginia Tech offered a scholarship yesterday, joining Kentucky, Ole Miss and Eastern Kentucky. Though he doesn’t know much about the Hokies yet, he has a connection, as his teammate Elijah Howard signed for the 2021 class.
“I haven’t got a chance to look much,” Sanders said. “But I’ve seen them play before. That’s a great academic school, too. My running back at my high school, he’s signed there already and going there, so I’d already know someone if I did go. It’s definitely nice to go somewhere you know someone. It’s not the biggest thing to me, but it’s definitely helpful.”
Assistant coach Adam Lechtenberg has been Virginia Tech’s primary recruiter and extended the offer, and their early conversations have been productive.
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