Tony Cade is rated as the top safety prospect in America. Cade, 6-2 and 200 pounds, plays for Lewisville High School in Texas. The hard hitting five star free safety is prepared for a big senior season on both sides of the ball.
"I worked out and worked this summer," said Cade. "I worked at Big Lots stocking. It kept me in shape. Aside from being physically ready I also think I am mentally prepared for this season. My coach has really been stressing the mental aspect of the game to me. And this season, I will been starting at wide receiver too."
Many people feel that it's a slam dunk for Cade to select Texas as his college choice. After all, he is from the Long Star State. Wrong. Cade was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and grew up a fan of the Sooners and Razorbacks. But Texas has grown on him and the Longhorns are one of his favorites along with four others.
"Texas produces a lot of great athletes. Texas is also a big environment but you do not feel lost. But I think what really stands out is that Texas is a family and that everyone takes care of everyone else. That is what I like about those guys. I also like Oklahoma, Florida, Miami and UCLA.
"Oklahoma just knows how to win, just like our team. At Florida, I really like coach (Larry) Fedora and the way he comes across. I am planning to take an unofficial to Florida for the Miami game. I also like the Hurricanes. They are just one of those dream schools. They win and put out great athletes. I am still kind of looking into them and Florida and need to do some more research. I also love UCLA and their business school."
Being a top flight recruit comes pressure. Pressure to perform and pressure from the media, recruiting services and coaches. It sometimes puts a damper on what should be a once in the lifetime opportunity for guys like Tony Cade.
"I see that for sure," said Cade. "Some people though take it for granted and there are some that would love to be in my position. I am just thankful to have this opportunity."