First Coast High School wide receiver Tyree Saunders is on his way to the ACC after committing this past week to Virginia Tech. Saunders, who was committed to South Florida for over four months, de-committed from the Bulls back in August and is now headed to Blacksburg, Virginia.
“It was a great atmosphere and I really liked it when I went up there for a visit,” Saunders told 1010XL regarding his visit to Virginia Tech. “They play in a great conference with great exposure and it will give me a chance to play against the best teams in a great conference.”
Saunders was asked what it means to now be committed to play college football in a Power 5 conference.
“It means a lot because I’ve been working hard to get to this point,” Saunders said. “It’s a blessing to be able to play in a power-five conference and I’m glad I’ll have the opportunity to be able to do it.”
One of the main selling points attracting Saunders to Virginia Tech was Hokies head coach Justin Fuente.
“He’s just a very cool, upfront guy,” Saunders said. “He’s very family-oriented and he was being completely honest about what he is trying to do there. He was just keeping it real about everything and I really liked that about him.”
Despite his excitement, Saunders also talked about how hard it was to de-commit from South Florida.
“It was pretty hard because I had a lot of good relationships with the coaches,” Saunders said. “I probably talked to three or four different ones when I de-committed. I didn’t post my de-commitment until two days after I actually de-committed just out of respect for them. So, it was kind of hard, but I had to do what I had to do.”
Finally, Saunders was asked about First Coast this season and there 1-1 start in 2019.
“I feel like it’s going good,” Saunders said. “We let one slip early against Ed White, but we bounced back against Terry Parker and I’m looking forward to this week against Creekside in what should be a good game.
“We are taking it one game at a time and trying to get into the playoffs, just doing whatever we have to do to win.”
Saunders and the Buccaneers will travel to St. John’s County this Friday night and take on Creekside with kickoff set for 7:00.
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