Recruiting on the South Plains | 2014 WR Ian Sadler Commits to Texas Tech

Rick Yeatts

Argyle wide receiver Ian Sadler was the third commitment to Texas Tech this past weekend.

PLAYER: Ian Sadler

POSITION: Wide Receiver
HEIGHT: 5'11"
WEIGHT: 192
FORTY: 4.5
HIGH SCHOOL: Argyle (Argyle, TX)
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.4 | Scout N/R | ESPN | 24/7 Sports 80
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.8056
VTM PROFILE DATE: April 25, 2013

OFFERS | Iowa St., Minnesota, North Texas, and Texas Tech.

STATS | I'm a little surprised to see Sadler have stats for the past three years. As a freshman, Sadler rushed 10 times, for 90 yards, and 1 touchdown while catching 11 passes for 145 yards. As a sophomore, Sadler had 22 rushes for 126 yards, and 3 touchdowns, while catching 53 passes for 1,115 yards and 12 touchdowns. As a junior, Sadler had 51 rushes for 382 yards, and 15 touchdowns, with 49 receptions for 1,004 yards and 12 interceptions.

THE PLAYER SPEAKS | Sadler spoke to the Denton Record Chronicle about the process being finished:

"It’s relieving," Sadler said of the early decision. "It’s exciting at the same time, but now I can focus on the rest of my offseason and my summer workouts and then football next year."

That article pretty well details how Sadler wanted to make sure that both of his parents could be in Lubbock when he committed. Also, the article notes that Sadler had come to Lubbock during junior day and almost committed then. The DMN confirms that they wanted to wait until this weekend:

"My mom and dad both came down with me — my mom wasn’t with us this past Monday, my dad and I both wanted her there when I was going to commit. We came down last night, and then this morning I met with Coach (Kliff) Kingsbury, Coach (Sonny) Cumbie and Coach (Eric) Morris and I decided to commit then."

SCOUTING REPORT | I don't know if this is an apt description, but Sadler is just smooth. He runs upright, has terrific vision. Seriously, watching him he just looks smooth and effortless. I'm always intrigued by guys like that, that look smooth and effortless as they run and I always think of Michael Johnson. I don't think that Sadler is Johnson, just similar running style to me.

Sadler is also a soccer player. A very good soccer player that probably could have had an opportunity to play in college with either sport. That's a rare combination of athlete, I think. I'd also add that in watching some of the soccer that I have (limited), playing soccer forces you to play with vision and you have to see the whole field in a different way, looking ahead.

Sadler's high school coach says he can do it all:

"He’s a wide receiver, he’s a punt returner, he’s a kick returner, he can play quarterback in our Wildcat set, he plays in the secondary. He could kick without practicing. He’s a rugby punter for us. He kicked a 40- to 45-yard punt right-footed yesterday."

Ian, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!

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