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Staff Photo by Robin Rudd/ Brycen Sanders (76) plays on the line for Baylor. The second day of the Best of Preps High School football jamboree was held at Finley Stadium on August 17, 2019.

Brycen Sanders' first Division I football scholarship offer came from Ole Miss shortly after his sophomore season. Now, the 6-foot-6, 280-pound senior offensive lineman is an integral part of the Rebels 2023 recruiting class.

Sanders committed to the SEC West program Monday evening, choosing Mississippi over Tennessee and Oklahoma.

"In coach (Lane) Kiffin's third year at Ole Miss last season he had a 10-win season and went to the Sugar Bowl," Sanders said. "They have something really great building there and I truly believe they will be competing for championships soon."

Sanders is ranked the No. 215 prospect in the country and No. 4 overall in Tennessee for the 2023 class by 247sports. He is the highest rated O-line prospect from the area since Jacques McClendon was ranked No. 88 in the nation in 2006.

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Baylor's Brycen Sanders / Contributed photo

After paving the way for the Red Raiders to average 32 points per game last season, Sanders looks to lead in an even bigger way this fall.

"I haven't played center since middle school, but it's an area where I can help us win more games," said Sanders of the move to a new position. "I want to finish my senior year by winning the state championship. We have a bunch of talent in my senior class and we want to go out on top."

A new era in Baylor football will begin with Sanders leading the way up front.

"Brycen was born to do what he is doing," said Red Raiders' first-year head coach Erik Kimrey. "To come in your first year as a new coach and not only have a player of his caliber, but a kid of his character to help lead the team is awesome."

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