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Star Tribune sports expands coverage of recruiting

By Star Tribune, 09/13/19, 5:00PM CDT


Super Preps 365 launches with Jim Paulsen's top 10 recruits and a look at the most-coveted one, linebacker Kaden Johnson of SMB.

SMB's Kaden Johnson, the most coveted Minnesota football recruit, has offers from 13 Power Five schools and Yale, a tribute to both his athletic and academic potential. Photo: Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

Kaden Johnson didn’t set out on a path to a college football future. For the longest time the Minnehaha Academy senior saw himself as a basketball player, alongside lifelong friends and classmates Jalen Suggs and Terry Lockett Jr.

But his body had other ideas. He grew and filled out, eventually reaching his current 6-4 and 235 pounds. And as he grew, the basketball light dimmed and football shone through.

He is now a linebacker with SMB — a three-school co-op team that includes Minnehaha Academy — and the most coveted football recruit in the state this year.

Read the full story here.

Editor's note

Welcome to Super Preps 365, our expanded coverage of recruiting. After two decades of emphasis on football, our Super Preps brand is growing into a year-round, all-sports effort. It will feature more stories and rankings in football, hockey and boys’ and girls’ basketball recruiting, as well as coverage of recruiting in other sports.

Tell us what you think by e-mailing us at sports@startribune.com. And thanks for reading the Star Tribune.

Chris Carr, sports editor

Jim Paulsen's top 10 recruits

Jim Paulsen's top 10 prep football recruits

Top row, from left: Kaden Johnson, SMB; Jalen Suggs, SMB; Aidan Bouman, Buffalo; Terry Lockett Jr., SMB, Trevon Howard, SMB. Bottom row, from left: Jonathan Mann, Rosemount; Riley Mahlman, Lakeville South; Justice Sullivan, Eden Prairie; Cody Lindenberg, Anoka; Danny Striggrow, Orono.

Find out more about them here.

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