Kaden Frost led the Gulf Coast football team to the playoffs in each of his first two years as a starter.
Pretty impressive stuff for an underclassman.
Now the 6-foot-2, 200-pound pocket passer with a rocket arm is ready to take on an even bigger role as a junior.
“As a freshman and sophomore, I was kind of one of the younger guys on the team,” he said. “As the quarterback, I was the leader of the offense, but not the leader I wanted to be down the road.”
But two seasons of experience have given Frost, who lands at No. 8 on The Big 15 list of best Southwest Florida football prospects, a better handle on how to captain a team on the field.
“I’m really focusing on taking that leadership role, being on time to everything, setting a good example for the other guys on the team, doing all the little things right,” he said. “I just want to be the best football player I can be off and on the field.”
Frost, who has a scholarship offer from Southern Mississippi and is receiving heavy interest from Florida Atlantic, has already made improvements in each of his first two seasons. He took over as the Sharks’ starter early in his freshman year, and went through the typical growing pains expected by a young quarterback.
He completed just 43 percent of his passes that year, throwing 11 interceptions against seven touchdown passes for 1,113 yards. While Frost helped lead the Sharks to wins in his first two games, Gulf Coast lost its last six, losing in the first round of the playoffs to Palm Bay Heritage.
His numbers improved across the board as a sophomore, as he threw for 1,822 yards with 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions. His completion rate rose to 58 percent.
Frost attributed his improvement to the work put in with first-year quarterbacks coach Barry Fagan, the former head coach at Ave Maria.
“Most of my improvement has come from making better reads and better decisions on the field,” Frost said. “Coach Fagan really helped me progress as a quarterback, not only physically but helping me know which reads to make, which receivers to throw to in different situations. Just knowing where to look on the field.”
Over the years, Frost has also worked with Mike Wexler, a local skill position coach, and has appeared at countless camps where he’s been able to develop his abilities. This summer, he’s attended camps at Florida Atlantic, a satellite camp for South Florida at North Fort Myers, and has plans to attend another at Appalachian State.
Gulf Coast coach Pete Fominaya says he’s always been impressed with Frost. It’s why he didn’t hesitate to use him as the starter during Frost’s freshman year.
“We’ve been fortunate enough to have him going into a third season now,” Fominaya said. “Not too many programs get to develop a young man like this and play him all four years. His physical tools are refining. His arm has always been strong, but it’s even stronger and more accurate now.
It didn’t take long last season for Fominaya to see the development in Frost’s game.
“He’s playing with more confidence,” he said. “We run a balanced offense, but he runs the show and really sets the tempo for us. He’s the catalyst.”
Fominaya said he expects Frost will be a fine college quarterback someday. A few high major schools are currently recruiting him.
“Kaden has a huge arm, he can really push the ball down the field vertically. He makes the safeties and secondaries have to respect him. He’s a great football mind and can dissect defense. He’s a big, strong kid, stronger than most people think.
“He’s had some great coaching through the years. He’s a pro-style quarterback in a state that doesn’t produce many pro-style quarterbacks. He’s going to be a great football player for some (college) at some point.”
The Big 15
The News-Press and The Naples Daily News will be counting down the top football recruits in Southwest Florida every Tuesday and Friday until the start of the high school football season. The Big 15 features players going into their junior and senior years from Lee and Collier counties, with respect paid to those with hard scholarship offers and those without who possess great potential.
The Next 15
27. Robert Cobb, Ida Baker, OLB: The 6-foot-5, 220-pound senior linebacker and tight end is being highly pursued by Florida International, Central Florida and South Florida.