Top MN High School QB Flying Under 2023 Recruiting Radar
College football recruiting can be a fickle world. That especially holds true in the year 2022, when transfer portal targets are often prioritized over still-developing teenagers. Just ask top MN high school QB, Caden Rodkewich, who’s flying below recruiting radars across the country.
Let’s start with Rodkewich’s numbers this season. According to MNFootballHub.com (Star Tribune), he leads the state in every meaningful QB measurement. Number one in completions (147), passing yards (2,194) and touchdowns (26).
Congratulations to Caden Rodkewich from St. Anthony Village for leading the state statistically in every major passing category! Very impressive individual numbers but more importantly helping his team gain momentum into playoffs. #612Qs🎯 pic.twitter.com/xf7RjV6mdi— 612 Quarterbacks (@612Qs) October 23, 2022
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Of course, Caden isn’t sitting off radar in all circles. He has plenty of DII interest and multiple offers at that level. It’s the DI programs that are yet to see the light. This while other Minnesota high school quarterbacks, with less impressive numbers, are committed or have offers from local and out-of-state division one programs.
Those names include Max Shikenjanski (Stillwater), who just committed to the Minnesota Gophers as a preferred walk-on. And Jacob Kizer (Maple Grove), who has offers from both Ohio University and St. Thomas.
Rodkewich does have a unique throwing motion. But the more you watch him sling it, the more you realize it may be a strength. His quick, almost sidearm, flick gives the football plenty of juice out of his hand and allows Caden to get throws off in traffic, when other throwing motions wouldn’t be fast or dynamic enough to adjust to the situation.
On the football field, Rodkewich is a 2-year varsity captain and 3-year varsity starting quarterback His awards, so far, include Tri Metro All Conference Honorable Mention; Basketball All District; “Why We Play” football award winner and he’s logged hundreds of volunteer hours working with youth sports.
For Caden Rodkewich, excelling is a part of life and stretches beyond the football field. This is a kid who has a 3.8 GPA. He takes PSEO courses AP/Honors courses, runs with the National Honor Society and he’s captained the varsity basketball team for two years.
They just don’t make a lot of stand-up high school football players like Caden. His eight combined varsity letters between football and basketball tell you everything you need to know about his athletic ability.
Rodkewich is the full package
But at the quarterback position, success extends far beyond athleticism. Can he lead? Can his teammates count on him when times are tough or moments are tight? Those questions are answered by his multi-year captaincy status in two sports, the off-field accolades he’s received and the time he’s volunteered in his community.
If there is one quarterback in the state of Minnesota who can lead and set the right example, as any good starting quarterback must do, it’s Caden Rodkewich. Some kids just need a shot. Hopefully, there’s a DI football coach out there who will be smart enough to give Rodkewich his.
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