Pa. Athlete Looking to Visit UNC

Just like his Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway teammate Shayne Hale, Cameron Saddler has received a scholarship offer from North Carolina.

"I received an offer from [UNC] during the season, late October," said Saddler. "Outside of letters, I haven't really heard much from them. I got the offer the week [the new coaching staff] came in, but I haven't had any real contact with them."

Saddler, a 5-foot-7 150-pound athlete, has also received scholarship offers from Pittsburgh, Virginia, and Temple. However, no school has matched the Cavaliers' recruiting efforts thus far.

"The University of Virginia has been showing me a lot of love lately," said Saddler. "They've been to the school, they've been in contact with me every other day, [and] Coach [Al] Groh sends me text messages every other day."

Pittsburgh, Temple, and Vanderbilt also keep in touch with Saddler through text messages.

This past weekend, Saddler was supposed to unofficially visit Kentucky, but a scheduling conflict with his SAT prep class prevented the trip. He will, however, attend junior days at Pittsburgh this weekend, Virginia on February 24th, and Notre Dame on March 1st.

Additionally, Saddler hopes to include a trip to Chapel Hill among his spring travels.

"I want to make my way down to North Carolina – definitely," said Saddler. "They just signed a huge recruiting class. I was just talking to my coach and my dad and I said ‘There has to be something about that North Carolina atmosphere to sign all those great players.' Coach said he's going to try to get in contact with them to schedule a visit."

Saddler doesn't have any summer camping plans, but figures to map out a schedule with Hale, who isn't just his teammate but also his best friend.

Speaking of Hale, the Gateway duo plans to continue to play together on the collegiate level.

"Truthfully, we are 100-percent sure that we will be attending school together," said Saddler. "Right now, every scholarship offer I have, he has. Right now, we're at four schools we can choose from. We're not really thinking about it right now, it's so far away."

An athlete in every sense of the word, Saddler is being recruited for multiple positions.

"The University of Virginia, I'm pretty sure they want me on the offensive side of the ball as a slot receiver type guy," said Saddler. "Pittsburgh kind of wants me to play defensive back – that's what they're used to seeing me play. North Carolina, I'm pretty sure those guys want me to play defensive back. And Temple, they just want me to make plays anyway I can."

Saddler doesn't have a preference as he enjoys aspects of both positions.

"I love to make plays and on offense you can be a playmaker, but on defense it's a totally different rush you get," said Saddler. "On offense, the ball is in my hands [and] I can make a play. But on defense, I get to hit people and that's the best feeling in the world."

For Gateway, Saddler stars at running back and defensive back. As a junior, he ran for 1,045 yards and 12 touchdowns on 196 carries, and caught 17 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively he recorded 23 tackles, two interceptions and one was returned for a touchdown.

Saddler was also an asset on special teams, returning 28 kickoffs for 1,011 yards and five touchdowns and ten punts for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Saddler has nine career blocked kicks.

For his accomplishments, Saddler earned first team Class AAAA Associated Press All-State honors and was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22" team and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25" team.

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