The Bishop Blanchet program has produced some quality athletes in the past few years, and have a really nice 2016 class, but 2015 LB Jack Sendelbach is making a name for himself this season, and it might just payoff.
Three times this season Sendelbach has finished a game with 20+ tackles, and through nine games he is well over 110 tackles.
Those numbers combined with a “hit first, ask questions later” mentality, Sendelbach has become one of the more feared hitters in the state.
“My whole life I have liked the contact aspect of football and I take pride in never passing up a hit,” Sendelbach told NEI. “My head coach Aaron Maul always says to set the tone of the relationship between the opponent and I believe the way you make contact with opposing players is a huge tone setter and can help swing momentum towards your team.”
Sendelbach was an honorable mention All-State member last season, and should improve on that this year, but he still sees room for improvement in his game.
“Personally, I believe in order to take my game to the next level, I need to be better with getting off blocks,” Sendelbach said. “Pushing the lineman back rather than meeting them a couple of yards in front of the line of scrimmage, but also I can’t think I have to make every play for the defense. When I try and be the hero every time, it might sometimes mess up the scheme of the play.
“I need to get better at is in pass drop, looking around and finding receivers and making more plays to the ball while it is still in the air.”
Recruiting has started to pick up lately, as his film as gotten around, and schools across the Big Sky have taken notice. Eastern Washington and Montana are showing the most interest.
“I have visited Eastern Washington on October 4th,” Sendelbach noted. “I liked it a lot. I met the whole coaching staff and got a tour of the school, along with being able to watch a game and go into the locker room afterwards.
“I am trying to workout a date for a Montana game, but a lot of the dates they seem to have, there seems to be a conflict.”
For now the senior middle linebacker is focusing on his academics (3.45 accumulative GPA) and getting his team to the Tacoma Dome. Later today, he and his teammates head over to take on defending state champion Bellevue.
We will keep you updated on Sendelbach as news comes down.