Sadler Visits Sun Devils, Nearing a Decision

Mike Sadler visited Arizona State today, and that trip concluded his unofficial visit slate. After taking trips to all the schools that have offered him, the Grand Rapids (Mich.) punter, ranked 2nd in the nation in the 2010 class, is ready to trim his list of favorites and verbally commit in the next two weeks.

"It was a really good visit," said the 6-0 180 Mike Sadler. "I got to see everything there is to see on campus, talked to a lot of people and I enjoyed it a lot. I didn't get to meet coach Erickson because he had a prior engagement, but I did talk to him on the phone. He sounded like a great coach and someone that it would be fun to play for.

"My dad and I did meet coach Lubick and coach Bray, and Thomas Weber showed me around and told me everything I needed to know about the program. I hung out with him the most because he's someone who will tell you how it's really like and I trust him a lot. He and everybody I met there were very genuine and are the type of people I would want to be around for four years."

It was Weber, who spotted Sadler in the prestigious Chris Sailer camp earlier in the month and recommended him to Arizona State, who offered him a couple of weeks ago.

Weber doubles as the Sun Devils' place-kicker and punter, and Sadler remarked that he's aware of the ASU coaches' desire for Weber to concentrate on his kicking duties, and bring in a punter such as himself to lighten Weber's load.

Sadler admitted that this scenario was an appealing one. "Weber had over 40 yards a punt last year," Sadler explained, "and if they are still looking to bring someone in a punter it shows how important they think special teams are. They want Thomas to focus kicking and that shows real dedication to special teams."

Speaking of dedication, Sadler was full of praise concerning ASU's ground crew and how they maintained the maroon and gold's practice field. "Their practice field is in better shape than some of the playing fields I've seen," Sadler marveled. "All the facilities are just state of the art and you can tell they want the best for their players."

The Michigan punter is interested in majoring in Engineering, and just like the football facilities, Sadler was equally taken back with the facilities of that school. "We met with the Dean and he and his staff were in the transition of moving from the old building to the new one," Sadler commented. "Even though the new building wasn't finished yet I was still impressed with it."

Sadler is an All-Area selection and during his junior year at Forrest Hills Northern High School he averaged 38.6 yards a punt (Sadler punted 29 times that season). He reported a bench press of 235-pounds and a 32-inch vertical jump.

"I have good hang time on my punts," he said of his skills in a previous Scout.com interview. "I'm very flexible and that leads to great hang time. I'm still working on lowering my drop and being more consistent."

With his ASU visit behind him, Sadler has now visited all the schools that have offered him: LSU, Alabama, Michigan State, Purdue, Northwestern and Air Force. Following a kicking camp this week, Sadler will begin the process of eliminating some of those schools and eventually settling on the college of his choice.

"I don't know if I'll decide by the end of July or early August," Sadler noted. "But I'm not going to rush anything. I have some schools that stick out but I don't want to spill the beans yet on who they are."

Sadler acknowledged that he never had a favorite team growing up, and that venturing away from home for college is something that he isn't apprehensive of. "If I feel more comfortable at a school away from home I will still choose that school," Sadler remarked. "Academics are very important to me. I want to play for a coach and players I get along with."


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