Santa Ynez's secret weapon burst onto the scene last year. As an unheralded sophomore, Kadlec hauled in 37 passes for 628 yards and five touchdowns. Big-time numbers for an underclassman, though he was overshadowed by his teammate Gabe Prendergast, who doubled that production.
This year, I wouldn't be surprised if both Kadlec and Prendergast improve their receiving numbers, though a lot of that is going to depend on how new quarterback Dustin Gregg performs. I think Gregg will be just fine. And Kadlec's receptions and yards will see a spike.
Kadlec has the height of a tight end, but the speed and ability to get open that typically only wide receivers possess. He played at around 200 pounds and easily went up and over defenders to haul in deep balls. He averaged exactly 17 yards per catch.
Kadlec started hot with at least 70 yards in the first four games of 2016. He then cooled off a bit before lighting up Pioneer Valley for 143 yards.
Somehow, both Lompoc and St. Joseph were able to limit Kadlec's receiving totals. Against the Braves he had 27 receiving yards and just 32 against St. Joseph. I'm sure he'll be itching to show both those two teams, the top two in the Los Padres League, that he can do better.