From elementary school until eighth grade, CJ Sanders lived in the San Fernando Valley. Then he moved to Tennessee to be with his father, Chris, a former NFL player. Sanders became a top receiver at Brentwood Academy and won the state championship in the 100 and 200 this past season in track.
Last week, he arrived back in the Valley and began football practice at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, the school he will play for this fall and the school he was going to play football for until he moved.
"I'm excited to be back," he said Monday. "I have a lot of friends here. California is known for having great talent, and I'm happy to be part of it."
Sanders, who's 5 feet 9, said he is "100% committed" to the University of Notre Dame and hopes to help recruit Servite quarterback Travis Waller to join him.
Sanders also dabbled into acting, playing a young Ray Charles in the 2004 movie, "Ray."
With Sanders and returning receiver Mike Little, Notre Dame will have some big-play weapons in the lineup. First, though, the Knights need to find a starting quarterback. They have four players competing this summer for the starting position, including 6-foot-4 Westlake transfer Adam Carr.