It's a very exciting time of a young athlete's life when he starts getting recruited by the defending national champions. In Texas safety Tony Cade's case, he was extremely excited.
"I was really excited when Miami started writing me," Cade said. "They're Miami and it meant a lot to me."
At 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, Cade began his athletic career as a basketball player.
"I grew up thinking I was going to be a basketball player all my life," he said. "Then when I started playing football, that started changing. I still play basketball but when we moved from Oklahoma to Texas when I was about 10 years old, football started to become more and more important to me."
Cade realizes he's been blessed with a tremendous opportunity.
"The one thing I can't figure out is how some people think one or two players make up an entire team," he said. "I'm in a tremendous situation here. I'm blessed with having great players surrounding me. Guys like Demario Pleasant and my defensive linemen make my job a lot easier. I try to play as hard as I can every snap, but it's all about playing together as a team. Without them, I wouldn't have all these offers from colleges."
Speaking of which, Cade said he now has over 20 in writing.
"I'm thinking about a lot of schools right now," he said. "I actually have it narrowed down to five but I'm keeping that to myself right now. I've seen reports that claim to know the five but I don't know how. I'm more focused on having a great season and helping my team win more than anything right now so I'm not saying much about recruiting."
The talented safety did talk about one of the schools that is still on his list - the University of Miami.
"Miami's like a storybook program," he said. "They're on top. I think it's obvious why so many kids love Miami and why so many kids want to play there. I'm very interested in Miami. They haven't offered me yet, but I'm not worried about that. If I go out and have a great season then everything will take care of itself."
Cade, who will take the SAT on September 28, didn't want to offer any insights on which other schools might be on his list.
"I'll worry about all that after the season," he said. "Until then, I want to enjoy playing the game that I love so much."
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