The Oklahoman's Super 30: Choctaw's Cade McConnell 'a massive human that moves like a point guard'

Nick Sardis
Choctaw offensive lineman Cade McConnell is committed to TCU.

CHOCTAW — Size and strength aren't the only things that make Cade McConnell a special football player. 

Sure, the 6-foot-6, 290-pound Choctaw offensive lineman has those attributes. But those aren’t necessarily his most impressive characteristics. McConnell has a crazy amount of quickness and agility. 

“He’s a massive human that moves like a point guard,” Choctaw coach Jake Corbin said.  

McConnell’s combination of athleticism and mass helped him become one of the most unique prospects in Oklahoma. 

He’s also one of the best. 

McConnell, a TCU commit, is No. 13 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list of the state’s top recruits in the 2022 class

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Choctaw's Cade McConnell looks to the sideline during a game against Shawnee in Choctaw on Aug. 30, 2019.

He helped Class 6A-II Choctaw advance to the state finals for the first time since 1960 during his junior season and will be a four-year starter as a senior. 

Corbin knew McConnell was going to be an elite player a while ago. But McConnell still surprises the Choctaw coaching staff with some of the things he does. 

“He pitches for our baseball team, can throw upper 80s,” Corbin said. “He can dunk and plays first base. He can play a million different positions in football. Super, super athletic kid. Moves really well.”

McConnell has always embraced being a versatile athlete. But football is the priority. His dad, Aaron, played professionally while Cade was growing up. 

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Aaron grew up in Choctaw and transferred to Midwest City during high school. Initially an Oklahoma State signee, he starred at Division-II Pittsburg State in Kansas.  

“Had a little cup of coffee in the NFL and eventually played about nine years in the (Arena Football League),” Cade McConnell said. “I grew up in locker rooms my whole life, playing tackle football a little bit earlier than I probably should have.” 

The younger McConnell became an offensive lineman late in middle school and has flourished since. It didn’t take long until his recruitment exploded. 

“It really took off midway through sophomore year,” said McConnell, who is primarily a tackle but plays in other spots, too. “I kind of started going on some gameday visits, so Oklahoma, Oklahoma State. And that’s when it really kind of took off.” 

Super 30 player, Choctaw offensive lineman Cade McConnell at Choctaw High School Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

McConnell, a three-star prospect, committed to TCU in February. He chose the Horned Frogs after receiving offers from multiple Division-I schools, including Dartmouth, Iowa State, Kansas, Minnesota, SMU and Tulsa.

“The coaches were just so personable compared to anybody else I talked to,” McConnell said. “COVID kind of messed recruiting up a little bit, but over the phone, Facetime calls, they were just a lot more personable.”

In May 2020, TCU became the first school to extend an offer to McConnell. 

McConnell views the program as a perfect fit and has the tools to have a solid career with the Horned Frogs. 

“Cade would be a four-star kid if he wouldn’t have committed so early,” Corbin said. “When you watch him move and his film and everything, the kid’s a crazy athlete for how big he is.” 

The Oklahoman’s 2022 Super 30

Name: Cade McConnell | School: Choctaw

Ranking: No. 13 | Pos.: Offensive lineman

Height: 6-foot-6 | Weight: 290 pounds

Committed to: TCU

About the series

The Oklahoman’s Super 30 feature series will spotlight each high school football player on the Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2022 class. The series continued Thursday with No. 13, Choctaw’s Cade McConnell. See No. 12 on the list in Friday’s edition of The Oklahoman. Here are the last five players featured:

No. 17:Jake Clifton, LB, Owasso

No. 16: Dontierre Fisher, RB, Checotah 

No. 15: Mason Gilkey, WR, Pawhuska

No. 14:Jaleel Johnson, DL, Putnam North

No. 13: Cade McConnell, OL, Choctaw

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