Colonial Forge WR Cade Bills (Photo: Mike Caudill/recruitNoVA)
Cade Bills hit the road from Stafford to camp in the 757 on Saturday
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
It should never be assumed that off-season football camps are simply for upperclassmen athletes on the cusp of receiving scholarship offers. In fact, because of the
opportunity for getting reps at different skills, many camps offer even the youngest of high school athletes a chance to ply their wares against older players from other geographical locations.
Cade Bills of Colonial Forge provides a good case in point. Bills has played football ever since he was six, but is only starting to develop into his positions of slot receiver and cornerback. In fact, Bills’ online Hudl page lists the Eagle freshman at 5-foot-6 and 120 pounds.
Bills, who took part in last Saturday’s recruit757.com College Prospect Assessment Camp at Norfolk Christian School in Norfolk, has already started his progression.
“Right now, I’m about 5-7 and 133.. 134,” said the ninth grader, who does mention gaining size and strength as his most important goals.
However, some of the other pieces are starting to fall into place. Bills ran a 4.72 in the 40-yards, bounced to a decent broad jump, and showed fair ability with his hands last Saturday. More importantly, he is eager and to a degree, fearless.
After all, how many ninth graders would travel 150 miles to measure themselves against some of the better players from Hampton Roads?
“I like the camp,” said Bills, speaking of the camp in a video interview (see below). “It gives me a chance to compete and see how I compare to other players.”
Traveling is nothing new for the Bills family, who relocated to Stafford last March after living in Maryland.
Even the advice and/or criticism which comes from competing in such a setting is a plus.
“I like to run through the drills, and get advice from other coaches.” On Saturday, there were ten on hand from FCS, Division II and III colleges, as well as a smattering of high school coaches to provide on-the-spot advice to the 56 young athletes who were running, jumping and hopping all over the newly installed Norfolk Christian turf.
At this stage of his athletic career, Bills can be considered a gamer. His freshman football team at Colonial Forge finished the season with a 7-2-1 record, and then Bills moved to the hardwood to play guard for the Eagle basketball team, alternating between the freshman and jayvee squads.
Eventually, he plans to focus on football, but that time hasn’t arrived yet. So far this season, he has competed in two camps, and aims to take part in an Old Dominion camp later this spring.
And if Mother Nature and hard work collaborate accordingly, we will be hearing much more from Cade Bills.
– Jim McGrath