’23 Athlete Among Kentucky’s Very Best
We have followed this football star since his middle school days. He left middle school one of Kentucky’s finest athletes playing football across the commonwealth, and years later, he is still on top in the opinion of many people who cover recruiting. Cade Sullivan is drawing D-1 attention (offered by Moorehead) and has the speed to garner many more looks. Enjoy this feature on one of our favorite athletes.Fletcher W. Long, KPGFootball Senior Scout
I have no idea whether any of you have ever been to Berea, Kentucky. They have a football player in Berea who is hard to pigeon hole positionally.
Most the schools recruiting him refer to him as an athlete. We will too.
Truth is, there are several positions, offensively, defensively, and on special teams where The Berea Blast could fit in well at the next level. He’s run the ball quite a bit this season for Coach Mark Payne’s Madison Southern Eagles. He’s caught passes from out of the backfield and aligned in the slot. He has played defense. He has returned both punts and kicks.
Yep, we would call that being an athlete. What would you call it?
The ’23 prospect who made the Team Kentucky FBU Elite and Team Kentucky Future Stars rosters three times each coming out of middle school has already been invited to participate in this year’s Offense-Defense All American Bowl. We have thought to include a copy of his invitation (above right).
That’s not all. Sullivan has been offered by Moorehead and has many other D-1’s circling. You know, a 4.47-second registered 40-yard dash time and a career as a sprinter on the high school track and field team will do that for a guy.
The 12th-ranked athlete in the ’23 class as rated by at least one publication covering recruiting in Kentucky, is second on the team in carries, net yards rushing, and scoring. Sullivan has scored this season rushing the football and on special teams as a kick/punt returner.
Cade is third on the team in receptions, tied for first in TD’s scored rushing, while being among the team leaders in tackles, second on the team in TFL’s, and tied for the team lead in INT’s. That is a tremendous amount of production, on any 5A roster, from just one ball player.
Again, we would call that an athlete. What would you call it?
Sullivan’s football team is struggling through the season to date. The Eagles are 2-5, but have really surprised some folks with how well they played highly regarded, 6A ball club, Madison Central (lost by four), how well they played perennial 5A power, Southwestern (lost by eight), and how well the Eagles played at Collins before ultimately succumbing by nine (9) points.
In other words, there are times this season Madison Southern has looked like it might be a tough out in the upcoming playoffs. There are times it has looked like Coach Payne is getting ever closer to turning around the Eagles’ recent fortunes.
Having good players reverses fortunes in high school football quicker than in some other athletic contests. Cade Sullivan is a darn good player.
We would call him an elite athlete, particularly in Kentucky’s ’23 class of prospects. We ask you a final time, what would you call him? If we were recruiting talent to play college football around this commonwealth, we would certainly call him.
Can’t speak for any of you.
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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