Creighton Prep’s Sam Sledge has been ready for this opportunity for what seems like his entire life. The junior-to-be currently has no scholarship offers, which is something he’s hoping to change with a whirlwind of camp visits this month.
The first opportunity to prove he belongs as one of the best in-state interior linemen will be the Lindenwood Mega Camp on Friday. On June 13 he will camp at Iowa, then on June 15 a trip to South Bend, Indiana and Notre Dame is on the schedule. That’s followed by a short drive to Northwestern on June 15. His planned camp visits in June will finish with Nebraska’s Pipeline Camp on June 19.
Of the schools he’s planning to camp at, Northwestern, is the one that has shown the most interest.
“They (Northwestern) are who I’ve been in contact with the most,” Sledge said. “Iowa State, TCU and Notre Dame are some of the schools that have talked with me a lot.”
Kansas State is another that has been in regular contact. Wildcat offensive line coach Conor Riley is familiar with Prep. A former standout for the Jr. Jays, he knows the kind of player Prep produces.
“I’m thinking about going to Kansas State at some point this summer,” the 6-foot-4, 267-pound lineman said. “(K-State Offensive Line) Coach (Connor) Riley and I have a good relationship. He’s a Prep man and so am I, so we talk about that often.”
Sledge started his high school career at tight end and as a defensive lineman. After week one of last season, he made the permanent move to the offensive line.
“Last year they needed help on the line so I moved to guard,” he said. “I learned it in a week and just got used to it and I like it a lot. I love playing inside.”
One to always put the team first, Sledge will move from guard to tackle for his junior campaign.
“I’m just going to do what’s best for the team,” he said. “This summer if we stick together and create the brotherhood and work hard, I think we will have a good shot in the fall.”