Syracuse still in the mix for Saddler

Cameron Saddler has narrowed his schools down to four. SU is one of them and Saddler is planning an official visit to the Cuse.

Good news arrived on the recruiting front earlier this week when Monroeville, Pa. running back-cornerback Cameron Saddler announced that Syracuse was one of the final four contenders for his services along with West Virginia, Michigan and Virginia. checked in with the dynamic 5-foot-7, 165-pound rising senior for the specifics.

"I feel real comfortable there, like I'm part of the family," said Saddler, the No. 16 prospect in talent-laden Pennsylvania. "Coach Robinson told me that coach Spencer told him I was a really good player, and that he really wanted me there."

Despite being undersized, Saddler is quite the star. He covers and tackles exceptionally well for his size and is a big-play threat on both offense and in the return game. Last year he rushed for 1,045 yards and 12 scores, had more than 1,100 yards and five touchdowns on returns and caught 17 passes for 309 yards and three touchdowns. Schools are recruiting him as a wide receiver or defensive back, though it's unclear where Syracuse wants him.

"Coach Spencer told me they have a few coaches fighting over whether to play me on offense or defense … It's nice to know you're wanted," he said, laughing.

Speaking of which, that is one of his top criteria for choosing a college.

"I want to feel wanted. I want to feel like I'm [appreciated]," he said.

A recent trip to Syracuse fell through when his team canceled a trip north, so Saddler isn't expecting to make it to SU until he takes his official visit early this fall.

"I was really counting on my team. The summer's winding down," he said.

If there's one thing Saddler would like to work on before he gets to college, it's his size. He'll need to pack on some muscle.

"I'm definitely not the biggest guy, so I'd like to put on some weight before I play Division I football. But I'm not worried about that, I know I'll be able to do it," he said.

What is it, exactly, that attracted offers from 17 different Division I programs?

"Probably it's that when I break the huddle, I know what the other team is going to do before they do it. I'm very aware of my surroundings, the situation and downs and where I need to be on every play," said Saddler.

As for his plans, he said he'll officially visit all four schools this fall and make a decision sometime around mid-season. We'll keep you updated as things develop …

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