One of the nation’s leaders in INT’s this past season was Sophomore Kimani Quade (5-9 160 CB/ATH 19′) of Sheldon High School. His 12 interceptions had him ranked 2nd nationally for his class (Max Preps). As far as the records indicate it is the most interceptions by any 10th grade athlete ever in the state of Oregon.
Quade played a big role for an Irish team that went 10-2 before losing in the state quarterfinals. His 2nd team all conference accolades only help to solidify him as one of the top players in the state for the class of 2019.
Sheldon has been a dominant Oregon power over the last decade, winning 3 state titles and going (124-18) under Marty and Lane Johnson. With Johnson stepping down and the graduation of a deep senior class, the school will be in unfamiliar territory, all the more emphasizing the importance of Quade’s role.
As we have talked about recently the Irish will return the state’s #1 recruit for 2019 in WR Patrick Herbert (6-5 225) and all everything LB Jaren Banks. That said as you can expect Kimani’s offensive production to increase substantially.
Speaking on next season Quade says, “Our team prides itself on working harder and playing smarter then others, as we have some amazing athletes including a great leader in Jaren Banks”. He added, “I’d personally like to become a leader but don’t believe I’ve done enough to deserve that role yet, so until then I will keep trying to push myself harder and be the best teammate I can.”
Year in and year out the Irish reload. Kimani’s 9 receptions, 3 TD’s, and 17.2 yards per catch average in 2016, are only a glimpse of what we will see from him moving forward. Expect to hear a great deal from Quade over the off season as his stock is rising quickly.