North Caddo’s Sanders a Titan of a sleeper

By LEE BRECHEEN, Louisiana Football Magazine

North Caddo’s Philippe Sanders could be the poster boy for the word “sleeper” in North Louisiana and the Shreveport area for the class of 2023.

I saw Sanders on film in 2021, his junior year when he mostly played offensive tackle. What I saw was a long, athletic body pulling and getting out front on blocks with the feet of an outside linebacker.

In 2022 Sanders will be given the chance to play a lot of defense and still be an offensive tackle. I think he will be big-time on film as a defensive end/pass rusher or even inside for North Caddo as a pass rusher at a very athletic 6-2 and 220 pounds of lean muscle. His build will allow him to add lots more weight and still run well in college.

So yes, I think Sanders could be a diamond in the rough for many FCS programs as a future starter, and if he has the season he’s capable of having, he can blow up as a FBS prospect as a defensive end/pass rusher.

Head coach John Kavanaugh likes the leadership Sanders brings his team.

“Philippe has really turned into a leader in our program,” said Kavanaugh. “He’s one of those guys who leads by example, just works hard every day. He’s got a big frame, big wingspan, and very athletic. He’s a guy who could put on 40 ‘good’ pounds when he gets in a college nutrition program. Definitely a next-level talent.”

Sanders regrets not playing football earlier.

“The thing I like most about football is the learning experience because I didn’t get a chance to play football in my earlier years, and honestly I really regret it because I really fell in love with the game of football,” said Sanders. “Our defensive line coaches, coach Reagan Smith and coach Johnny Kavanaugh, they’re both really good coaches and have a lot to teach me and the rest of the defensive line.”

Notes on Philippe Sanders: His favorite colleges are LSU, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Texas because they are all close to home.

He plans to major in engineering.

In the classroom he has a 3.9 GPA.

His family athletic ties include his uncle, who played high school basketball for McLeod High School in Texas. He said: “My grandpa played every sport in high school for North Caddo except soccer, and my dad played football and basketball.”

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