But what is most surprising is that schools are projecting Cadiz to play CB at the next level.
That is quite stout for a CB!
The reason Cadiz played CB this year is because this was the position he held down as a sophomore and junior, when he was significantly lighter, at Memorial High School in West New York, NJ. Entering his senior year, he started to work out hard and his body simply filled out.
When asked if it is hard to play the CB spot at that weight, he sarcastically responded, "I started the year at 208 and ended up losing 3 pounds via practice". Fortunately, the weight gain did not alter his speed drastically. "I timed at a 4.55, but I still think my speed is the one part of my game that I need to improve to compete at the highest level".
On the defensive side of the ball, he accounted for 32 tackles, 2 sacks and 3 interceptions.
Cadiz was an integral part of Queen of Peace's success this year as his team advanced to the state championship. In that game they suffered their only loss to the Jack Corcoran led St Joe's Hammonton squad. His opinion of the RU- bound Corcoran - "that kid is a monster, tough as nails and very athletic. He is a very good get for Rutgers".
Cadiz feels that he matured a lot as an individual with his transfer to Queen of Peace, both on and off the field. Unfortunately, he was totally oblivious to the requirements needed to qualify academically for college.
"During my first 2 years of high school, I had no idea I had to maintain a certain GPA to qualify. If so, my approach would have been different. The coach at Queen of Peace stressed to other kids the importance of academics from the beginning and laid out a plan. Unfortunately, I did not have that structure early and it will probably cost me my ability to play at the D1 level next year," stated Cadiz.
Cadiz is in the process of finding a right fit for prep school. He is currently looking at several schools in Pennsylvania and Connecticut. The extra year of development will certainly benefit this young man on and off the field.
Rutgers, UConn, Virginia and USF have kept regular contact with him and are showing serious interest in adding him to next year's class.