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Caleb Padrid doesn’t look at himself as the youngster on varsity.
The sophomore receiver at San Ramon Valley does not see himself as a sophomore on varsity. He doesn’t see himself as a first-year varsity player.
He is a varsity athlete, and he knows he belongs on the biggest stage in one of the country’s toughest leagues in the East Bay Athletic League.
“I’m on varsity, so I expect myself to make varsity plays, but just a lot of hard work I spent over quarantine with coach Joe and coach Dave and coach Gabe at Cal Strength,” Padrid said. “And my KT family, coach Nate, coach Dev, all them guys over there, working out with the best in the Bay.”
That work with Cal Strength and KT Prep in the offseason made Padrid certain he was ready for the bright lights.
After finishing the junior varsity season at 150 pounds, Padrid added 20-25 pounds entering his sophomore campaign.
“Right now I’m between 170-175, and just coach Joe helped me prepare my body to play varsity really well,” Padrid said. “And then just KT, from a competitive standpoint, there’s no better place to be. It’s 7 on 7 so to say, but what we do at practice, guys all over the Bay Area that play KT have been balling out. I think it’s a testament to what we do over there.”
Padrid is simply an athlete, and the production he has put up through these first four games of the spring season shows why he is one of the top class of 2023 prospects in the Bay Area.
With a 93-yard effort on seven catches in an incredible 31-24 victory over Cal on Saturday, Padrid’s season total is 226 yards.
It was the second time Padrid surpassed 90 yards receiving, as he finished with 97 yards on six receptions in the season-opening win at Las Lomas.
“Athlete,” Padrid said. “Put the ball in my hands and I’m going to go make a play, and it helps when I have the best quarterback in EBAL, best line in EBAL and I’m surrounded by guys like JP Murphy and Caden Ridley, Tyler Hoffman, Jack Catterton.
“They help because they spread open the field for me because the defense can’t just say, ‘Oh, Padrid is the only one out there’ because we have weapons all over the field really.”
Junior quarterback Jack Quigley, a three-star recruit with an offer from William & Mary, knows Padrid can turn anything into a massive gain.
“He just adds so much to the offense with his speed,” Quigley said. “Whether it’s just sending him over across the formation on a little bubble screen or just a hitch, he can turn a 5-yard play into a 80-yard play. He’s just that kind of player, and we’re lucky to have him.”
Heading into the final stretch of bouts against No. 7 Clayton Valley Charter and Monte Vista, Padrid wants to keep this train rolling and build off one of the most heroic victories of the season.
What he really wants is an EBAL crown.
“Obviously it’s a team sport, so win the league championship, win that important game, the last important rivalry game against Monte Vista,” Padrid said. “And, for myself, first team all-league if we have it, but just keep on getting better every week. Like (Saturday), I had a drop. Just cleaning up the little things that matter the most.”
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