The Class of 2026 quarterback class has a ton of talented signal-callers spread out across the nation. One of the most talented quarterbacks in the 2026 class is Nick Radi out of Colorado. Radi, listed at 5-foot-7, 130 pounds, threw for 2,186 yards, 31 touchdowns, and six interceptions this past season for the South Jefferson Outlaws. His performance on the football field was a big part of why his team was able to win its league’s Super Bowl. Radi’s path to the Super Bowl victory initially started in 2016 when he first started playing football.
“My dad always watched the NFL and (Denver Broncos),” Radi said when asked what led him to want to start playing football. “The Broncos basically got me into football.” He tried several positions, including wide receiver, before eventually settling on the quarterback position. Despite the great success he had this past season, Radi had to put in a lot of work to put in to attain it. “I am a late bloomer and I have to overcome the size of other (bigger) competitors,” said Radi. “I’ve had to focus on my intelligence and accuracy to overcome those obstacles.”
Radi feels that his work ethic and ability to read defenses before the snap help set him apart from other quarterbacks. He also takes pride in being a leader on his team. “A great leader helps keep everybody’s head up,” said Radi. “So, if there’s a bad play, a leader keeps their heads up.” Radi’s leadership skills were on display as he and his teammates came back with five minutes left in the fourth quarter to win its league’s Super Bowl.
With the Super Bowl win behind him, Radi’s attention is now on preparing to play at the high school level. He has two older brothers that he says gives him advice on what expect once he gets there. “They’ve told me to keep my head straight and stay in the weight room,” said Radi. He’s also doing several other things to help himself improve as a quarterback and overall football player. “I go to weekly private and group coaching sessions with my quarterback coach and wide receivers,” said Radi. “I also lift weights. I’m working on my legs, core, back, and shoulders, so that I can get stronger.” He also plays basketball and says it helps him as a quarterback. “I play basketball weekly and it has helped my quickness and footwork,” said Radi. “It’s really good for conditioning too.”
Sports aren’t the only thing Radi has in mind when it comes to high school. He’s set high goals for himself for both on the field and off the field once he gets to high school.
“One of my goals is to graduate with a 4.0 grade point average. I also want to be a varsity starter for both basketball and football.”
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