Championship Pedigree

RaiderPower.com caught up with Argyle coach Todd Rogers, who steered the Eagles to the Texas Class 3A Division II state championship back in December. Two of his players, Ian Sadler and Connor Wilson, are expected to sign with Texas Tech on Wednesday. Rodgers and Wilson dished on what to expect from the Argyle duo at the next level.

The Argyle Eagles took home the 2013
Texas Class 3A Division II state championship. It is the first title in program history and two players who made an impact throughout the season are committed to signing their National Letter of Intent to Texas Tech Wednesday.

One of those players, Ian Sadler, scored four touchdowns on the way to claiming Offensive MVP honors for the Eagles. Argyle head coach Todd Rogers tossed out a big name when describing Sadler's future.

"I think Texas Tech's intentions for him are to play inside receiver for them. He's got a body type and athleticism like Wes Welker," Rogers said. "So I think he fits into their system real nicely with his skill set and understanding of all the coverages and defensive alignments he will see at the collegiate level."



Welker recently played in Super Bowl XLVIII with the Denver Broncos and is one of the best punt returners in NCAA history. The former Kliff Kingsbury pass catcher managed to rack up 1,761 yards and eight touchdowns off punt returns during his career. Both are NCAA records.

Rogers mentioned Sadler is a team player who enjoys watching his teammates play well. Texas Tech's nickname "Wide Receiver U" brings to mind a lot of talent at the receiver position, particularly the inside receiver position. Some of the most athletic inside receivers include Welker, Danny Amendola, Eric Morris and currently Jakeem Grant. Rogers' description of Sadler's athleticism could help keep the long tradition running.

"Ian is a very electric football player. He's very versatile. He can run the ball. He can catch the ball."

On the other side of the ball, there is Argyle defensive back Connor Wilson. Rogers feels Wilson can add a dimension Tech struggled with a year ago.

"I think Connor's greatest asset is his ability to open-field tackle. He plays the middle of the field all of the time for us and we've forced the ball to the perimeter."

Wilson said he focuses on a particular fundamental of the tackling game along with some explosion and mental toughness.

"A lot of what I focus on just in ball pursuit in general is just watching the ball carrier's body language and watching their hips and as they drop, I drop my hips as well."



Wilson also mentioned he used to play quarterback which helped him to figure out what vicinity the ball may be thrown in. The 6-foot, 200-pound defensive back said Tech is interested in placing him in the "Raider" linebacker position.

He added he believes he has the energy, confidence and intensity to bring leadership and a championship winning attitude to the program.

When asked what he looks forward to the most about playing football at Texas Tech, Wilson had to think it through but clearly wants to improve himself and the team.

"Being given the ability to lead and produce results and to continue to achieve in the sport that I love."

Sadler and Wilson are both expected to sign with Texas Tech on Wednesday during National Signing Day. RaiderPower.com will be in attendance when the Argyle duo signs and will have a report with quotes from both later that day.

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