Athletes that can get it done on both sides of the ball are essential at the high school level of play. The ability to impact the game from more than one position on the field is often the difference between a good player and a great player.
2021 DE/TE Kenneth Eiden IV is one of those athletes that makes a significant impact no matter where he's lined up on the field. He takes pride in his ability to make big plays on both sides of the ball. Right now, Eiden plays Defensive End, Tight End, Running Back, and even some special teams for his Bozeman High School Varsity football team.
The most important thing for Eiden is being a leader for his team and being a part of the brotherhood that football fosters.
"I love the brotherhood that is formed by being part of the football team both on and off the field. I love how it makes me accountable for my actions and decisions," Eiden said of favorite part of playing football.
Standing at 6'1" 220 lbs., Eiden is a relentless rusher who never stops until the whistle blows. He explodes off the ball and uses his strong hands to get an edge on opposing linemen. His ability to get off the line quickly allows him to swallow up plays before they gain any traction. Once he sheds his blocker, he bearhugs the ball-carrier and drives them into the ground.
On offense, Eiden is a sound route runner that makes big plays once he catches the rock. He has great hands and is willing to run across the middle to catch tough balls in traffic. Once he gets a full head of steam, he's a handful to bring to the ground.
"My quickness laterally and my willingness to take on contact on every play," Eiden said of his strengths on the field.
"Offensively, I run good pass routes, catch the ball and get positive yards after contact. Defensively, I recognize and react to the play well using my quickness and speed to finish the play," he added.
The Bozeman, MT native has been playing his tail off so far this season. His Bozeman High School Varsity football team is now 7-0, and Eiden has been named Defensive Player of the Game twice and Overall Player of the Game once.
He has 15.5 total sacks in 7 games, which is #1 in Montana. He also has recorded 63 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, 15 hurries, 3 fumble recoveries and 1 fumble returned for a 30 yard TD.
Eiden has had plenty of success on the field, and that only motivates him to improve even more.
"I am working on my run defense as a DE, my hands, and my ability to read blockers and get in and out of breaks as a TE/RB," Eiden said.
"I will work on reading formations and coverages as well as improving my overall strength and speed," he added.
Off the football field Eiden has nearly a 4.0 GPA in school and is active in his local chapter of Young Life Youth Christian Ministry.
Like most young athletes with NFL dreams, Eiden has a professional player he models his game after. He looks up to this athlete for his efforts both on and off the field.
"J.J. Watt because he can do it all, he is humble, has a high motor and is always working to get better," Eiden said.
"I also admire his work off the field fund raising and helping the City of Houston as well as multiple charities in Texas and beyond," he added.
With his humble nature and talent level, 2021 DE/TE Kenneth Eiden IV is an athlete worth keeping an eye on. His ability to impact the game from multiple spots on the field makes him a special young talent.
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