Cade Bills Making a Name for Himself
by Marc Goldstein, recruitNoVA
Colonial Forge slot receiver Cade Bills (2021 Slot 5-7 145) is making a name for himself as an athletic specimen. He has proven to everyone that despite his size (or lack thereof), he makes up for it with an incredible work ethic that makes him hard to deny. He has reportedly run a 4.55 40 yard dash, an impressive feat by anyone, let alone someone who is his size.
At the recruit757 Spotlight Exposure Camps, Cade showed what he could do. Colonial Forge is one of the most successful programs in the Northern Virginia area, and Cade thinks that there is a reason behind that. “Our program is great because our coaches are amazing. Even if it comes at the price of having to sit out our best players, they will do it because they run the program the right way, and at the end of the day, they want to win,” he explains. He also says that the workout regiment that the coaches put the players on is a key to their prolonged success. He believes that the way they workout for months before the season is one of the biggest reasons why they are able to be so good for so long. Cade thinks that being flexible and open to what the coaches have to say is a big reason why he has experienced success. “I’m just always listening to the coaches and what they have to say. I’ll play whatever position they want me to and if they want to have me do something on a play, I’ll do it,” he says.
In Cade’s opinion, success is “completing a team’s goal, completing your own goal… winning and getting to the playoffs is also success to me.” Cade also talks about how playing for a team is more than just being a member of a team, it is a commitment. “When you play for a team, you are committing to that team. It’s not for yourself, no matter the sport, you are playing for the team and what the team as a whole stands for,” he elaborates.
In the process, Cade set the record for the fastest 5-10-5 drill by a tenth of a second. He has really been putting the work in to become a better, stronger player. “I want to be able to compete at the highest level possible, and to do that, you have to put in the work,” he says. He thinks that the best part about mini-camps is that they help players with getting their name out to colleges. He has been talking to a few Division III colleges, and he has been sending them films of his play. “Just keep putting in work. Try to go to as many camps as you can, just get your name out there. No matter what division the college is, give them a look,” he says on the subject of what advice he would give to underclassmen.
Cade Bills may not be the biggest name recruit to come out of Colonial Forge High School, but he thinks that with hard work and his athletic ability, he can become one of the all time greats. He compares himself to Cole Beasley, one of the most notable undersized slot wide receivers to play in the NFL. Beasley has had a long, successful career, something Cade wants to emulate. As for the future, Cade Bills is looking to make a splash in the upcoming season, whenever he has a chance to play.
– Marc Goldstein
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