The three-sport athlete plans to play football and baseball

by: JOHN LARIVIERE - CLACKAMAS SENIOR CADE WILKINSCade Wilkins, a rare three-sport student/athlete who excelled in all three sports at Clackamas High School, has signed a letter of intent to play baseball and football at Pacific University.

“I was also considering George Fox and it was a tough decision,” said Wilkins, who has maintained a 3.5 GPA while competing in varsity football, basketball and baseball at Clackamas High School. “I really like both schools. But when I went and talked to the coaches in baseball and football at Pacific, it just felt like that was where I belonged.”

Wilkins, who will play quarterback in football and first base and outfield for the Boxers in baseball, said he was impressed with the success Pacific’s football program has had since the program was resurrected under head coach Keith Buckley four years ago.

The Boxers went 7-3 in football last fall, and set school records for offensive yards (3,990), average offense per game (399 yards), and scoring average (34.6 points per game). It was their best win-loss record in football since 1987.

Wilkins says he plans an education major.

“I’ve been around educators my whole life and it’s something I think I’m going to like to do,” said Wilkins. “Both my parents are teachers. I’ve got three aunts that teach and two uncles that teach.”

Cade’s father Eddie Wilkins is a strength training and health teacher at Clackamas High School and his mother Lisa is a first grade teacher at Whitman Elementary School in Portland.

Playing football, basketball and baseball at Clackamas High School, Wilkins has put up some impressive numbers, despite sitting out most of his junior year after suffering what appeared to be a career-ending early-season injury in football.

“[The injury happened in a game] at Grants Pass,” said Wilkins. “I tore my ACL, TCL and LCL, dislocated my knee and tore my femoral artery. They didn’t even know if they’d be able to save my leg....

“I’m still working to get my strength back, but compared to last year, it’s a lot better.”

In football, during his high school career, Wilkins completed 237 of 400 passes (59 percent) for 2,689 yards and 20 touchdowns. And that was with sitting out most of his junior year and splitting time with Doonie Johnson at quarterback last fall.

In baseball, Wilkins hit .352 his sophomore season; last year, while still recuperating from his injury, he hit .290.

Last spring Wilkins helped the Cavaliers make the state final in baseball; and last fall, he helped lead the Cavaliers to their first quarterfinal appearance in football since 2006 and a 9-3 record, their best record since 2005.

“For me, being able to come back from my injury, with people telling me I’d never be able to come back and play three sports again, that’s been my biggest accomplishment,” Wilkins said.

As far as the Cavaliers’ prospects for reaching the state final again in baseball this spring, the Cavalier first baseman/designated hitter says, “I think we can. But there are 10 other teams out there in the state that can as well. We’ve got to just continue to work hard and take it one game at a time.”

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