Storm Sign "Swiss-Army Knife"

by Logan Hernandez


The Southwest Kansas Storm and Dodge City Dental Care, our exclusive player signee sponsor, are excited to introduce you to our newest signee Michael Slater.  Michael is an explosive defensive lineman who hails from St. Louis, Missouri where he was a decorated running back and linebacker for Parkway Central High School.   After high school he received a scholarship to play football for the University of Iowa in the Big 10 Conference.   After 2 years with the Hawkeyes, Michael transferred to Iowa Central Community College where he racked up a mind blowing 15.5 sacks during the 2018 campaign.  Following his career with the Tritons, he received a scholarship to continue his football career and education at the University of Central Oklahoma.  Michael excelled in the tough MIAA conference during the 2021 and 2022 seasons where he was a 2 time all conference selection and an NCAA All Region selection as well.   He finished his career with the Bronchos with 67 tackles, 25.5 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles.   We asked Coach Thomas about what he anticipates Michael’s role being, and he had this to say.  “Right now, I anticipate Michael being a Swiss Army Knife and potentially being able to do a little bit of everything for us.  I already know he’s an unblockable force on the defensive line.  We can work match ups on the line to get him over a weakness that we may see, or we can play him at the nose and let him slant and penetrate to get the QB off schedule and off platform.  I also envision him spending time on the offensive line, at mike linebacker, and at the running back position.  Wherever he ends up, I know he’ll be wreaking havoc because he’s that kind of football player.”  Fans, please help the Storm and Dodge City Dental Care welcome Michael Slater to Southwest Kansas!