Player Spotlight: Cade Ritter C/O ’24 Offensive Line/Defensive Line

Cade Ritter is another fantastic freshman football player in the 2024 class that is loaded with talent.

The talented young man plays in the trenches on both sides of the ball, as he sees time at offensive guard and nose guard.

At 5’11 260 pounds, you can see the young man already has good size, with several years to grow bigger and taller.

“My dad and my brother are both 6’3” tall,” Ritter said. “I’m still growing and I’m confident I’ll be at least their height. My brother was a two-year starter and earned three championship rings playing guard at D-3 Hamden Sydney College in Virginia. I went to my first football game when I was just five days old! I have literally grown up watching football.”

A monster in the weight-room already, Ritter has an impressive max deadlift of 405 pounds and a squat max of 375 pounds, and he also bench presses 245 pounds!

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, his school has opted to play football in the spring. His team, Providence Grove High School, will play seven games and playoffs, assuming that they make it, and Ritter feels like they will do just that.

But, that has not stopped Ritter from continuing to work! This impressive young man grinds 3-4 days per week working on his craft with his personal trainer. His trainer, Carmine Pangano III, has over thirty years of experience and he feels Ritter is a dominant football player already. Ritter trains at Carolina Acceleration.

Ritter’s middle school head football coach, Billy Arrington of NE Randolph Middle School also had great things to say of the impressive young man. “Cade was the most dominant football player that I have ever had the pleasure of coaching, in my twenty-five years.”

Certainly high praise to hear from your coach!

Ritter is also a wrestler and he is just as good a wrestler as he is a football player! He has accomplished many things already on the mat.

As the first ever sixth grade wrestler to win county’s conference tournament championship, Ritter defeated two eighth graders on the last day of the tournament to win it all. In his seventh grade year, he continued to dominate in wrestling, as he won every match except one, by pinfall. He also went undefeated in his eighth grade year.

It’s not all praise from coaches about Ritter, as he certainly has the accolades there to back it up. He has earned the following: 2018 Randolph County Wrestling Champion 220 Weight Class 2018 Most Valuable Lineman – NE Randolph Middle 2019 Randolph County Wrestling Champion HWT Class 2019 Selected to NC Team for the Carolina Bowl 2019 Unsung Hero Award – Carolina Bowl 2019 Selected to USA Football’s MS All-American Game 2019 Invited: Brett Cooper All-American game 2019 Invited: Battleground All American Game 2020 Invited: Carolina Bowl 2020 Participated in Offense Defense All-American game. 2020 Invited: NUC All-American Game 2020.

Ritter has also participated in his fair share of those All-American games. “The All-American games I participated in are the USA football Middle School All-American game in Canton, OH and the Offense/Defense All-American game in Miami FL,” Ritter said. “The Carolina Bowl was held at Duke University. They take the best from NC and SC and play a game. I was selected as the Unsung Hero in that game.”

Ritter has also been identified as a Youth1 Freshmen 450. Youth1’s Freshman450 has become a trusted resource for pinpointing the nation’s elite athletes in their Freshman year of high school. The list represents their choice of the best 450 freshmen in the country.

I wanted to know what separated this talented young man from the rest, besides the obvious accolades and praise that he has received. I was shocked at his response, because things got very personal.

“My dad, David Ritter, he leads me by his example,” The younger Ritter said. “My dad is disabled. He has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. I have seen first-hand, the struggles that he has to endure each day. Not only does he take it on, but he does so with a smile on his face. He says that I inspire him, but he is really my hero and inspiration.”

Wow, what a beautiful story!

Ritter also states that he works his butt off each day to get better at his craft and that he is confident, strong, physical and fast He also states that he loves the game of football and he loves getting in the gym and working out.

Aside from all of the accolades and praise and hard-work as a dual-sport athlete, Ritter also gets it done in the classroom. He currently holds a 4.25 GPA and he is a straight A student, proving that he knows what it takes to be a true student-athlete.

While he does not hold any offers at the moment, look for them to flow in for this ultra-talented freshman football player!

Twitter: @CadeRitter1

Off-season https://vimeo.com/481272384

Middle school highlights https://vimeo.com/358345291

Published by Zane Rowland

I love sports and I love helping kids reach their goals and dreams!

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