With every new season come new players. Most of the time, the new kids on the block are freshmen. For the 2014-2015 season, Duke signed a plethora of true freshmen.
Here’s the lowdown on offensive tackle Kameron Schroeder.
Schroeder is a 6-foot-5 235 pound offensive lineman out of Elk Grove, Calif. who was recruited by schools from coast to coast. He had offers from Duke, Fresno State, Hawaii, San Diego State, San Jose State, Oregon State, Utah State and Washington State. Several other schools were interested in the three-star recruit as well. Boise State, California, Colorado, Northwestern, Stanford, UCLA and USC all expressed interest.
Schroeder received several accolades over his high school career. In January 2014 he was named to the All-Sierra Valley Conference football team and was honored as the lone Outstanding Lineman. That month he was also named to the Sac Bee All-Metro First Team, MaxPreps 2013 All-Sac-Joaquin Section Football First Team, SportStars All-Norcal Football Team, MaxPreps 2013 All-Northern California High School Football First Team and 2013 MaxPreps California Division I All-State Second Team. In February 2014, Schroeder garnered another award: named to CaliHiSports.com Second Team All-State.
Shortly after receiving all of the accolades, Schroeder signed his letter of intent, formally declaring his intentions to play for Duke.
“I decided to go to Duke just because the coaching staff is so good there. We have the National Coach of the Year David Cutcliffe and a great supporting staff. The education level is so high there, such a good school academically for the major I want to do, which is Environmental Science and athletically we are on the rise.”
The general consensus about freshmen offensive lineman is that they redshirt their freshman year. It’s nothing against that they’re freshmen, but that’s just the way things are. Despite that, Schroeder knows what he’s doing when it comes to blocking in space.