June 30, 2009

Michiganís best Punter has impressive offers

It is no often that a punter from Michigan garners early offers from both Big Ten and SEC teams, but that is the case with Forest Hills Northern High School's Mike Sadler. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound prospect already has an impressive list of scholarships offers.

When word broke out last week that Michigan State had offered a punter for the class of 2010, some people who follow recruiting were surprised. The Spartans currently have a quality punter on the roster in junior to be Aaron Bates. However, when looking at it closer, it makes sense for Michigan State to add a punter to the class of 2010 as it is a best case scenario for both the team and the player.

By signing a punter in 2010, Michigan State will give itself a player who will not be forced into playing before he is ready. In addition, they also ensure that the punting situation will be covered for 4 years in a row after a redshirt. From the recruits' perspective, they will get a chance to develop their skill by working with a proven veteran in Aaron Bates, and still have the opportunity to be a 4-year starter.

Aaron Bates was forced into starting his freshmen year at Michigan State and did a fine job, averaging 39.7 yards. However, in his second year in the program not only did he improve his distance to 42.0 yards, but his consistency increased dramatically. The learning curve in that first year is always greatest. Most teams would much rather have red-shirt freshmen assume the duties rather than a true freshman.

Sadler has emerged as not only the best punter in Michigan, but one of the top punting prospects in the nation for the class of 2010. SpartanMag.com asked him about his current scholarship list.

"Northwestern was my first scholarship offer," Sadler said. "I went down there and they offered me, that was a great feeling. I attend LSU's kicking camp and then they offered. I also stopped into Alabama and worked out there. They offered not long after that. Purdue offered me after viewing my film. I was just down there yesterday. I went to Michigan State for a day of camp last week and they offered me after that. I also have an offer from the Air Force Academy."

The impressive list of offers gives Sadler some excellent options and the list good get bigger in the near future. Sadler camped at Michigan as well and the Wolverines are supposed to make a decision on a scholarship in the near future.

With an impressive list of offers in hand and having already visited the schools, could a decision be coming soon?

"I don't have a time frame or anything like that, but I would like to make my choice before my senior year," he said. "It will probably be in the next month or so. Distance will not be a factor. Academics are very important to me, I plan on studying engineering. My decision will come down to where I feel most comfortable."

Are their certain things that teams that have offered have said the like about your kicking style or your ability?

"It all depends on the schools. LSU said they like how y leg swing is very consistent. I know Michigan State liked the hang-time I got on my punts. They have also said they like other things like academics, personality and character too."

Sadler was not tipping his hand as far as where he may ultimately end up, but his grasp on what aspects are most important to him both on and off the field was reminiscent of current Spartan quarterback Kirk Cousins. Sadler went on to say "All of the schools offer a chance to play outstanding football; however, getting my education is very important."

Sadler informed SpartanMag.com that he has spoken with numerous members of the Michigan State staff over the last few months. He has been in East Lansing for several events over the past 12 months. Coach Dan Roushar serves as his primary recruiter for the Green and White.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to have more on Sadler's recruitment as it unfolds.

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