The University of Kentucky is actively recruiting one of the state’s rising stars in the class of 2022.
Last week the Wildcats officially extended a scholarship offer to Caden Veltkamp, a 6-foot-5 pro-style quarterback from South Warren High School. UK is just the second school to offer Veltkamp, following Western Kentucky. Veltkamp’s father is the Toppers’ strength and conditioning coach. In a conversation with Rivals’ Josh Helmholdt, he described what happened once he learned the news from Kentucky.
“It meant a lot just because it was in-state and it’s always been a dream of mine to play in the SEC,” Veltkamp said. “They just said they really liked my film; they didn’t go into depth with it. I was supposed to go to their camp this summer, but obviously they all got canceled. They said they were going to come watch me play this fall, so I’m really excited for that.”
Unfortunately, Veltkamp’s film work is limited. Last season South Warren was 5-0 when Veltkamp suffered an injury that would sideline him for six weeks. Along with an appearance in one playoff game, in six games he completed 75-of-121 passes (61.9%) for 1,008 yards and 16 TDs.
In his limited action on the field, Veltkamp has proved he has a big right arm that can make deep throws down the sideline. 247 Sports ranks him as the No. 23 pro-style quarterback in the 2022 class. He joins Owensboro’s Gavin Wimsatt as one of two in-state quarterbacks in the rising junior class with a UK scholarship offer.
Veltkamp isn’t a one-trick pony. He protects the paint for the Spartans on the hardwood and throws down dunks in transition.