The D Zone

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Feature Interview / Story with: Saint Mary's 2018 QB Caden Prieskorn

Orchard Lake Saint Mary's 2018 QB Caden Prieskorn tossed the game winning touchdown pass with 4 seconds left to classmate Kyren Cunningham to lift St. Mary's to another D3 state title and later in the off-season he participated in basketball.  We caught up with Prieskorn during basketball season as he was out with his 7 on 7 club, Michigan Next Level at the Legacy 7 on 7 league.

Prieskorn summed up his experience with Michigan Next Level, "it's just great competition, just come out here and compete every weekend. I love the competition and compete every day."

Caden Prieskorn gets less than 90 minutes of 7 on 7 time and splits time with another talented QB in Trevor McConnell.  Prieskorn shared his thoughts on how he maximizes his talent during the Legacy League, "make simple throws, keep getting better, and keep working on accuracy because in our offense you need to have great accuracy because we usually throw on 3rd down, most of the time."

Prieskorn described the historic touchdown pass that lifted St. Mary's to the title win, saying that Cunningham switched with another receiver, Clay Antshin.  Leading up to the final play, Prieskorn was in sync all game as he made great decisions non-stop and delivered a perfect pass to Antshin earlier in the game.  Prieskorn talked about his earlier success during the game, "in the beginning of the game, the coaches got me going with simple reads and get more completions that kept drives going.   I kept going throughout the game."

Prieskorn for a majority of the season, handed the ball off to his classmate, Rayshawn Allen who eclipsed over 2,000 yards and let him run through opponents. So when his number is called to make a play, it can be difficult to remain focused.  Prieskorn shared his insight on being in a run-first offense, "I mean its tough, but I just want to win.  That's all that matters to me."

As for what Prieskorn will look to improve on during the remainder of the off-season, he responded, "improve speed, get faster, and work on mechanics."

The basketball season has hindered Prieskorn's recruiting process as he's been unable to dedicate an entire day to football and missed out on a handful of opportunities to visit schools, but Prieskorn will be ready to visit several schools including; Iowa, Western Michigan, Miami of Ohio, and Wisconsin soon.

Prieskorn has just been able to visit Central Michigan for their junior day, back in February.  Prieskorn summarized the visit, "Central Michigan went good, the coaches watched my tape, but the QB coach now left to Cincinnati.  I loved the coaching staff. Coach Bonamego is a great coach."

Prieskorn had a few others that expressed interest, that include:

MAC schools - Western Michigan, Toledo, Central Michigan, Miami of Ohio
Big 10 - Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Purdue

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