Sears commits to South Dakota State for football

Cyclone Junior Cade Sears will be continuing his football career at South Dakota State following graduation in spring 2024.

“I’m really excited that I am able to play football at the next level,” Sears said.

Sears talked about what made him choose South Dakota State and what he loves about their program.

“I really loved the town of Brookings,” he said. “I love the program that SDSU is building and I really wanted to be a part of that. I really like the coaches too.”

Sears has met the head coach, Jimmy Rogers, whom he can’t wait to play for.

“I haven’t had the chance to meet any teammates yet, but I’ve met the head coach and I really like him,” he added. “He’ll keep it real with you, which I like.”

With one more year of high school ahead of him, Sears is coming off back-to-back state championships, the 13th and 14th in school history, hoping to lead the Cyclones to a three-peat.

“I mean the end goal is always to win state, which we’ve been blessed to have done the past few years,” Sears said.

During his junior season, Sears led the Cyclones in receiving yards with 973 and had an interception on defense.

He credits head coach Todd Bladt for his success during his time playing Cyclone football.

“Coach Bladt has always been a great coach,” Sears added. “He pushes me and the rest of the guys to be the best we can.”

Sears has played multiple sports during his time at HCHS including football, basketball, baseball and track and field.

During his sophomore baseball season, he led the Cyclones with 42 hits and 35 runs batted in. He also batted .408.

In track and field this season, he helped lead his team to a 3rd place finish at the state championships in Des Moines.

Sears comes from a strong family background where his family has given him support throughout his sporting endeavors.

“My family has helped me a lot,” he said. “They told me they’d support me whether I decided to play football or baseball. They told me they’d support me wherever I decided to go, too.”



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