An Opponent's View: TE Cade Otton

Today we resume our Opponent's View series with a critical look at each 2017 Washington signee. Today we look at Tumwater (Wa.) two-way star Cade Otton...

The Story - Nebraska, Oregon State, Nevada and a handful of Ivy League schools as well as Eastern Washington, BYU, Hawaii, Wyoming and Idaho all offered Otton, but once the Huskies made their intentions known, it took less than two weeks for him to make the decision to be a Dawg.

Senior Season Stats - Named Area Player of the Year by the Olympian and AP 2A State Player of the Year as well as the Seattle Times and USA Today's All-State team, regardless of class, the Tacoma News Tribune All-Area Team and the Evergreen Conferences 2A MVP after totaling 39 receptions for 733 yards and 13 touchdowns, while also racking up 107 tackles, 10 tackles-for-loss and three sacks on the defensive side of the ball.

Opposing Coach's View - "He's a tough kid and being from that family, he's got about as high a Football IQ as you can have at his age. He just understands things that you can't just teach guys. They have to experience it. He's a winner, plain and simple, and he did whatever he had to to help them win. He was really tough for our guys to handle from an athletic standpoint. You can't get into his head. He just goes about his business and by the end of the game, he's got 10 tackles and six receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown. He's unflappable. Now, as far as a weakness or something he doesn't do well, he's not the most physical guy out there. At his size, if he was really, really physical, he'd be destroying guys out there, but he was more of a finesse player. Not that that was bad or anything, but I just think, if you can get into his head and get him to be more physical, you'd have a future NFL guy on your hands. He's that talented."

Opposing Players' View - "If you got your hands on him, and that wasn't easy, then you could control him pretty well. He usually let you take him where you wanted to take him, but then he'd bust off and still make the play. It just was down the field a ways. Our team had success running right at him because he wasn't a guy who would just take on a blocker. When we ran away from him, he just got through all of the stuff and made the play. It was impossible running away from him. As a receiver, he's smart, he'll nudge you and push and pull and get position and then he'll essentially post you up, like in basketball, where you can't get to the ball. He's always able to find the soft spot in the zone and he's never dropped a pass from what I could see."

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