As a junior Will Saddler (Columbus East HS, IN) went down with a knee injury that required surgery to repair. During rehab, college coaches from across the country saw the potential Saddler showed in his 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame with great speed. One of those schools was Cincinnati and recruiting coach Kerry Coombs saw enough in Saddler to get head coach Brian Kelly on board with a scholarship offer.
Now Saddler is seeing how his early commitment to the Bearcats is paying off after going down early this season.
After taking several visits the Saddler family had seen enough felt Cincinnati was the right fit for Will's academic and football future. In giving his verbal pledge Will Saddler was the second member of the Class of 2009 and went about the business in getting himself ready for his senior season.
Columbus East High School has a lot of talent and many consider them one of the top teams to beat. With several players already committed to D-I programs many feel a deep run in the playoffs is a great possibility. That run will be without Will Saddler after he went down with the same injury he suffered last season just on the other knee.
"I've suffered the same injury I had last season but this time it's on my other knee," Saddler said by phone. "I'm not sure what happened but it happened and I'll have surgery soon and should be back and ready sometime this winter to start working out for college."
While high school injuries happen all the time it's not the greatest thing to happen when you're a high profile recruit. But in Saddler's case making his college commitment so early has become a blessing.
"I'm so happy about my choice of Cincinnati. When the injury happened I was worried about what might happen at Cincinnati but the coaching staff as a whole has been great to me. They told me injuries are part of the game and to get it taken care of so I'll be ready to go when I get there. I've spoken with Coach Coombs and Coach Kelly and both of them have been the greatest and just reaffirms why I picked Cincinnati over the other schools."
While Will is out of his senior season, he knows college is ahead and has his sights set on getting into rehab and making a full recovery. Not having to worry about his scholarship is an added bonus.
"I placed my faith in Cincinnati and its coaching staff in the spring and they have shown me nothing but great support since the injury occurred. While I'm upset I'll miss out on my senior season I'm looking forward to being back 100% and ready to go when I report."
Bearcat Insider will check back with Will after his surgery to get the final details on how things went.
Saddler Grateful To Be Future Bearcat
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