July 22, 2009
Sadler getting close to decision
Mike Sadler of Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern High school is the top punting prospect to come out of Michigan in a decade. Mark Dantonio and the Spartans are hoping to keep the talented prospect in-state and have him as the heir apparent to Aaron Bates. SpartanMag.com has the latest on the recruitment of thus strong legged prospect.
A few weeks ago Sadler came up to East Lansing and worked out for the Spartan Coaches at a session of camp. Not long afterwards Mark Dantonio extended him a full scholarship. In addition to Michigan State, Sadler also holds scholarship offers from Purdue, Alabama, LSU, Northwestern and Arizona State.
Sadler is actually flying out to Arizona State today to visit the Sun Devils' program. Sadler attended the Chris Sailer Top-12 Camp last week in the Los Angeles area. His performance there was observed by current Sun Devil kicker Thomas Weber. That is how the Pac 10 team got involved.
Sadler has spent lots of time the past few years working on his game. Chris Sailer is considered by many to run the top kicking and punting camp in the nation. Sadler has excelled in the Sailer program is rated one of the top prospects in the nation by the kicking guru.
In addition to the Michigan State Spartans, Purdue is heavily recruiting Sadler. The Michigan Wolverines have been mentioned as a team that Sadler is considering. SopartanMag.com asked Sadler about all three schools.
"I have spoken with both of them (Michigan State and Purdue) in the last two days he said. I have not heard anything from Michigan; they are waiting on Hagerup to make a decision."
Hagerup, is Will Hagerup and prospect from Wisconsin.
Both the Spartans and the Boilermakers have been very thorough in their recruitment of the 6-foot-1, 185-pound prospect. Sadler is a strong academic student ho plans on majoring in engineering. We asked him if he had time to meet with academic representatives from Michigan state and Purdue?
"Yes, both schools did a great job. I met with the Dean of Engineering at both schools and more. They did a great job of answering all of the questions I had."
Sadler is informed SpartanMag.com that he hopes to make a decision in the next two weeks. He has been very diligent in doing his research on all of the schools he is looking at both from an academic and athletic standpoint.
"Nothing could be worse than being stuck somewhere for 4-years and not being happy with decision, Sadler said."I know that can't happen at schools like Purdue and Michigan State."
One of the interesting aspects about Sadler recruitment to Michigan State is that if he does end up in Green and White, the Spartans could have the smartest pair of punters in the nation. Both Sadler and Bates were 4.0 students in high school and both had extremely high ACT scores.
Sadler informed SpartanMag.com that after he returns from Tempe, he will likely take a little bit of time and then make his college decision. Sadler wants to get his decision made so he can not only focus on his academics, but also his Forest Hills Northern team.
The last few years Forest Hills Northern has struggled, but Sadler believes that the hard work put in by himself, his teammates and the coaching staff is going to allow them to turn the corner this fall and have a solid season.
SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow-up wit Sadler in the coming weeks. Coach Dantonio and his staff are hoping that Sadler comes to Michigan State, red-shirts and then takes over for Aaron Bates as a 4-year starter. If he does end up playing for Michigan State, Sadler will certainly enhance an already strong in-state recruiting class.
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