Dan Mullen and the Florida Gators have started spring practice in Gainesville, but that doesn’t mean he and his staff can’t add to their 2018 roster.
Sunday, junior college linebacker Umstead Sanders announced that he would enroll as a preferred walk-on this summer. Sanders (6 feet 2, 240 pounds) originally is from Port Saint Joe (Fla.) High, in the Panhandle, and attended Hinds CC in Raymond, Miss., last season.
“I went there and met with Coach Dan Mullen and I just liked the way that he was talking,” Sanders told GN. “Mullen is a great guy and a lot of people want to play for him. He can get you to where you want to be and maximize your full potential.”
Sanders could earn a scholarship this fall. He is scheduled to arrive on campus in June.
“The strength of my game is my speed,” Sanders said. “I can play defensive end as well as linebacker. When I was playing defensive end, a lot of people underestimated me. … I’m just a hardworking, relentless football player that will never give up on a play.”
Sanders said the plan is that he will play outside linebacker in the new 3-4 scheme.
Linebacker is one of the weakest position spots on the Gators’ roster, but more noteworthy about his pending arrival is that he is the brother of five-star running back Trey Sanders, one of the top-10 prospects in the 2019 class. Trey attends IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and is a former Alabama commitment.
Here is a picture of the brothers during their official visit to Gainesville this past weekend.
— 💰UMSTEAD SANDERS💰 (@blessed5x4) March 18, 2018
At this point in the recruiting cycle, Sanders is the nation’s No. 1 running back for the 2019 class.
Umstead Sanders said his mom visited the Florida campus with her sons and that his mom was thrilled.
“My mom is a Gator fan, so she really liked it,” he said.
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