Sanders Commings was anxiously waiting for the call.
One look at the number told him that this call was the one he wanted.
The former Westside football star and Georgia Bulldog was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, going 134th overall.
“Once I saw the area code, I was like, ‘This is it,’ ” said Commings, who watched the draft in Augusta with his family. “It feels great. When I got the call, we all got excited.”
Commings, a cornerback, recorded 51 total tackles this past season and had three interceptions for the Georgia Bulldogs. He started 35 games in his college career, helping him to reach 154 total tackles and eight interceptions.
He was the fifth Georgia player taken this draft.
It wasn’t an easy wait for Commings, but when he found out he would be drafted Saturday afternoon, the worry finally ceased.
“It’s been about having patience,” Commings said. “It’s been a little nerve-wracking.”
After Commings got the first call from the Chiefs, others started pouring in. There was first a talk with Kansas City general manager John Dorsey, and a chat with head coach Andy Reid soon followed, Commings said.
“They were saying, ‘Are you excited to be a Chief?’ ” he said. “They said they’re excited to have me and are looking for me to do big things.”
Commings, who said he doesn’t know yet where the Chiefs will play him, didn’t wait long to show his excitement. He tweeted “Lets go Chiefs!!” fewer than 20 minutes after he got drafted and then tweeted an Instagram picture of him wearing a Chiefs shirt.
“At the combine, teams we met with gave us shirts,” he said. “I had one of those shirts and I threw it on.
“It’s a dream come true – a blessing.”