It’s not hard to spot Cade Beresford on the Woodinville practice field. At 6’7” tall, the offensive tackle towers over most teammates. At 255 pounds, the senior-to-be is drawing interest from college football teams throughout the western United States.
“He’s put on a ton of weight,” Woodinville coach Wayne Maxwell said. “College coaches see that frame and that potential, and it gets them fired up.”
As of this writing, Beresford has received seven offers from schools in the Big Sky and Mountain West conferences. But bigger schools are now weighing in. Coaches from Nebraska and California recently visited the Woodinville campus. And when it’s all said and done, Beresford will have visited Arizona, Arizona State, Nebraska, Washington State, Oregon State and Boise State, and possibly others.
“Washington is starting to show some interest too,” Beresford said. “I’m excited about that. I’ll be talking to the o-line coach [Scott Huff] a lot. He has actually stopped by and visited.”
A big moment in Beresford’s life came a couple years ago. That’s when he made the switch from quarterback to offensive line. What began as a joke in the weight room between him and coach Maxwell quickly became a reality.
“Quarterback wasn’t my thing,” Beresford said. “I wasn’t the greatest. I don’t have the speed or that athleticism to play that position. To put myself in a spot to play o-line was definitely a big transition. But I added the weight the right way, and I did the right footwork.”
Just last season, Beresford weighed 215 pounds. During basketball season he looked to be about 235 but with good mobility in the paint. Now at 255 pounds, his potential on the gridiron is immense. The reality of recruiting is that if he was already at 280 pounds, every BCS powerhouse school would be banging down his door.
“It’s exciting for Cade, he has truly enjoyed this whole process,” Maxwell said. “Sometimes kids can let the recruiting process get to them and they get stressed. But he has handled it very well. I was standing there when he got his first offer, which was from Wyoming. To see the joy and excitement on his face was just priceless. He’s truly honored and humbled and excited. I don’t know who is more excited, him or his dad [Harry Beresford], who is a little kid himself. He played o-line at Boise State. It’s been fun watching those guys go through this process.
“He’s got great potential,” Maxwell added, “Pac-12 schools have him high up on their boards.”