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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

New 2025 Notre Dame OL Target David Sanders A Truly Elite Prospect

March 17, 2023

By the end of the process, David Sanders‍ is likely to have an offer from virtually every major program in America.

On Friday, the elite 2025 North Carolina offensive lineman announced he has an offer from Notre Dame.

The 6-foot-7, 260-pounder already has offers from schools like Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, LSU, Florida,  Tennessee and Texas A&M among others.

“It takes all of about 30 seconds to figure out that he's a unique talent physically and athletically,” says Chad Grier, Sanders’ coach at Providence Day School in Charlotte.

“God didn't make many of his size who can move the way he moves. He's strong, fast, athletic, can run, can jump.”

Grier laughs as he lists “ball skills” among Sanders’ traits.

“He intercepted a pass at defensive end last year,” Grier explains. “Most kids can't do it. He's just different.

“But I think the thing that makes him truly special is who he is off the field. He's a remarkable young man who is really represents our program and our entire school community in a way that everybody is thrilled about. I think that's just the way he was raised. That's the kind of family he's from. He's just authentic, genuine smile, wears that on his face until he steps between the lines. He's just a really nice, outgoing, smart kid who loves to compete and loves to play.”

Grier says the onslaught attention from colleges has made it difficult for Sanders to truly begin sorting through his options yet.

“Honestly, about everybody in the country's reached out about him,” the coach says. “He's the number one player in the nation. On 247, he's the number one prospect of all positions and Rivals came out and he's number two.

“Obviously, he's got a lot of people who are trying to get his attention and speak to him and have him visit. He's a very humble kid and he's appreciative of the opportunities and the interests. But he's very grounded at home and is going to go through a process.”

Grier expects Sanders to be able to lean on a current 2024 teammate for advice on to handle all of the attention.

“I think one thing that's going to help him a lot is our quarterback, Jadyn Davis went through this,” says Grier. “He got offered in eighth grade by Alabama and Georgia. That's kind of followed him around his entire in high school career. Jadyn has handled it beautifully. Again, he comes from a great family, very grounded home life, smart parents, just really intentional about going through a process.

“I think he'll be a great help to David being so close, being in the same school, same locker room, going through it, that's going to help Dave a lot.”

Grier, who coached current Irish quarterback Sam Hartman in high school, believes the Notre Dame name will help the Irish grab Sanders’ attention, but stresses that it’s still very early.

“Notre Dame as a brand is one of those that should get just about every kid's attention, but I think it's just way too early for him. He's got to get out and see some places. But he obviously can't go everywhere.

“His family's very tight, very close-knit. They travel as a family, so I doubt he'll go anywhere very often without all of them. It's just a lot to coordinate with his sisters' activities and mom and dad's, they've got a lot going on. There are no front-runners or anything like that at this point.”

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