Commings has offer from Dogs

Westside's Sanders Commings (11) evades the grasp of Richmond Academy's Marshall McKnight. The University of Georgia offered the junior a scholarship as a defensive back.

Sanders Commings had the kind of year on the football field last season that was bound to attract attention.


The Westside junior made the Class AA All-State team after he totaled seven interceptions in just 10 games.

Word has gotten around. So has the highlight tape from his junior season. His on-field efforts have started to yield some pretty enticing college opportunities.

Georgia offered Commings a football scholarship on the team's Junior Day last Saturday. Auburn had offered him the week before.

"He's real excited about it," said Sanders Commings Sr., his father. "He's a real hard worker, and he believes in himself."

Westside coach Gerald Barnes has said in that past that Commings has been timed at or around 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He's also one of the area's top baseball players.

Commings is 6-foot-2 and weighs about 194 pounds. Football coaches don't need a lot of time to figure out the credentials of a 16-year-old with those attributes.

"He's got the heart of a tiger," his father added. "Sanders is not afraid of anything, and he's quite a determined young man."

Commings Sr. said Auburn offered him a scholarship at both the defensive back and receiver positions and left the choice up to him. He also said Georgia offered his son as a defensive back.

Where he will play on the football field likely won't be his toughest choice over the next 15 months. Barnes has said in the past that Commings could be a first-day pick in Major League Baseball's Amateur Draft after his senior year.

Commings was a starter in the outfield for Westside's Class AA state finalist team his freshman year. His name has been a fixture in the lineup card ever since.

"He wants to play both," his father said. "If Sanders could play both year-round, he would."

Commings and the Westside baseball team were scrimmaging Greenbrier on Friday and he could not be reached for comment. He is the third area junior to earn a scholarship offer from Georgia.

Burke County linebacker/defensive end Cornelius Washington (6-4, 225) committed to the Bulldogs before his junior year. Jefferson County's A.J. Harmon (6-5, 325) has an offer from Georgia among eight proposals from around the ACC and SEC.

Harmon is expected to be one of the most heavily recruited players in the nation this fall.

The online football recruiting services see him as a top lineman prospect on either side of the ball. But the coaches in Region 3-AA that he's faced the past few years think his dominant position would be on defense.

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