Recognizing outstanding student athletes in South Georgia, Columbus Valley, Southeast Georgia, Coastal Georgia and Northeast Florida.
Krenwick Sanders, Wayne County High School
Coach: Jody Grooms
Parents: Chandra Height, Reggie Sanders.
Colleges interested: Verbally committed to Wisconsin
The skinny: Sanders clocks a time of 4.58 seconds in the 40-yard dash and boasts weight totals of 295 pounds in the bench press and 300 in power cleans. In October, he became the first Georgia prospect landed by Wisconsin in 10 years. “I really like the family atmosphere at Wisconsin and the coaching staff,” says Sanders. “I like the facilities, too. It just really feels like home.
”Stat line: Through the first eight games of 2013, Sanders helped lead the Jackets to a 7-1 mark and topped his team’s receiving charts with 37 grabs for 731 yards, averaging 19.8 yards per catch. He also led the team with 17 touchdowns (13 receiving, four rushing) and tallied 837 all-purpose yards (including an average of 8.0 yards per carry on nine totes). In Wayne County’s lone loss to date against Burke County (32-28), Sanders blistered the Bears for 145 yards on four catches (36.3 avg.) and two touchdowns with a long effort of 68 yards.
Academic angle: Sanders maintains a 3.5 grade point average and he topped 1200 on the SAT. When he gets to Madison, he plans to use his affinity for math to help carve out a career path. “My favorite subject is math,” says Sanders. “I just like working with numbers. I guess it’s because I started out liking money a little too young. I want to major in civil engineering. That is something I’ve been thinking about since middle school.”Living in the limelight: Sanders de-committed from the University of Georgia this past summer, eventually choosing Wisconsin from among 14 suitors at college football’s highest level. Consequently, he is among the most highly-coveted interviews among blue chippers in this part of the state. “I try to hold it (interviews) off until Saturdays and Sundays and during the week I try to stay focused on football,” he says. “My grandmother, Harriet Taylor, helps keep me in line.”
Coach’s comments: “Krenwick has established himself as the premiere receiver in the state of Georgia,” notes WCHS head coach Jody Grooms. “The young man has over 150 receptions in his high school career and has always been a key component in our weekly game plan. He has added strength, body control, and excellent route running skills over the past four years. He’s an excellent student and competes daily in the weight room. Players like him simply do not come around often.”Sanders on team philosophy: “In town, they’ve got shirts that say ‘We believe.’ We are really a small town here, but we have really big dreams. We can really accomplish a lot if we want to.”