Great news from the south sound where Cade Otton (’17) of Tumwater High School picked up an offer from Eastern Washington University.
This is the first offer for the 6-foot-5, 210 pound two-way star and could open the flood gates on his recruitment.
“It’s unbelievable,” Otton told Northwest Elite Index. “I couldn’t believe it when it first happened. It is kind of surreal.”
Eastern Washington has been in contact for a some time now, but the offer had never materialized, that is until today.
“My grandpa (Tumwater HS Sid Otton) took me out of class, he already knew, but didn’t tell me,” Otton said. “He took me outside and put me on the phone with coach [Jeff] Schmedding who let me know they were offering me a full ride.”
As an 8th grader, Otton visited the EWU campus with his older cousin, Jayden Croft, who was participating in a summer QB camp held by the Eagle coaching staff, and has kept tabs on the program ever since.
“I really like it,” Otton noted. “They are really successful as a team and have some really good stuff going on there. They’ve have also had some Tumwater guys in the past that have done really well.”
Otton is highly skilled as both a Tight End and Linebacker, and said the coaching staff did not say which side of the ball they see him playing.
Currently Otton is also hearing from many of the local schools, including the University of Washington.
Having just finished an incredible football playoff run, Otton has now turned his focus to the basketball court. He has played a third sport in the past, soccer and baseball, but is undecided if he will pursue either this spring.
The sky is truly the limit for Otton. He has great size and all-around athleticism, but his best attributes are his instincts and overall football IQ. In both the semifinals and finals, Otton forced a fumble in the final minutes to give his team a chance at a comeback.
NEI couldn’t be happier for Cade and his family, and we will keep you updated on his progress and future news as it becomes available.