LSU '19 FL RB - Noah Cain (Transfer to LSU)

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    ANOTHER DYNAMIC DUO?

    Bradenton, Florida, IMG Academy four-star running back Noah Cain was back in Columbus with his father for a two-day visit that concluded on Friday evening.

    “[It] went really good,” Cain told Eleven Warriors. “They were as real as they can get.”

    The 5-foot-11, 209-pound Cain is considered the second-best running back and No. 32 prospect overall in the Class of 2019, as he rushed for 524 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Ascenders to their third-consecutive undefeated season last fall. He holds nearly 30 offers from programs such as Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas and Texas A&M, but his relationship with running backs coach Tony Alford has Ohio State at or near the top of his recruitment.

    The Cains watched practice and spent a considerable amount of time with running back J.K. Dobbins and Alford, who was able to answer a number of questions they had about where the coach sees him fitting into the program. After all, the Buckeyes have a loaded depth chart at the position and already hold a commitment from Indiana four-star running back Sampson James.

    “[They’re] just keeping it G [gangsta] with me every time I come up there and showing me the plan for me to make an impact if I choose there,” Cain said.

    Previously, Cain said James’ pledge would not have an affect on his eventual decision, which he plans to make during the Early Signing Period in December.

    “I would just beat him out like I would have to compete anywhere else,” he said.

    Cain — who has been to campus numerous times in the past, including the loss to the Sooners last September — plans to narrow his list of offers down this summer and then return again in an official capacity this fall. At the very least, I expect the Longhorns and Tigers to make the cut and receive another visit, as well.
     
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    UNFAZED
    Ohio State was supposed to host Virginia four-star running back Devyn Ford for an official visit this coming weekend, but — as mentioned in last night’s edition of The Hurry Up — he cancelled the trip after Georgia four-star athlete Steele Chambers pledged his services to the Buckeyes last week.

    With Indiana four-star Sampson James already in the fold and Chambers planning to play running back at the next level, Ford was seemingly left on the outside looking in as he moved closer to a May 18 decision among Ohio State, Penn State and Virginia Tech. The Buckeye are, after all, only expected to take two players at the position this cycle.

    Bradenton, Florida, IMG Academy four-star running back Noah Cain, meanwhile, isn’t deterred by a potential logjam at his position. Ohio State remains among his top schools, and he believes the Buckeyes would still have a spot for him in the class if he wants to commit down the road.

    “Nah, not at all,” Cain told Eleven Warriors when asked if the competition awaiting him in Columbus has changed his thoughts on Ohio State. “I’m not worried about those guys. I know my skill level and worth.”

    Ford’s biggest gripe with the Buckeyes was the fact that Chambers’ announcement caught him completely off guard. By contrast, running backs coach Tony Alford kept Cain — the second-best running back and No. 51 prospect overall in the Class of 2019 — completely in the loop.

    “Coach Alford lets me know everything that’s going on,” he said. “That’s why I have a strong relationship with them.”

    Cain has been to campus numerous times, mostly recently for a two-day visit with his father last month to watch spring practice. Alford has always been up front with him about where the staff believes he fits into the program.

    That said, Cain is still months away from a decision. He plans to unveil a list of top schools in the late spring or early summer and announce his college choice from nearly 30 offers — including Clemson, Florida, Florida state, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Oklahoma, Penn State and Texas — during the Early Signing Period in December.
     
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    Noah Cain has Ohio State still chasing him hard
    Ohio State has running back Sampson James committed and Steele Chambers hoping to play the position as well. But the Buckeyes have not yet stopped pursuing IMG Academy 2019 running back Noah Cain, according to the 4-star prospect.

    “Ohio State told me before those backs committed, and I was fine with that,” Cain said earlier this week at The Opening. “[Running backs coach] Alford knows I’m committing in December, Coach [Urban] Meyer told me that they’ve got two dudes that want to commit and they can’t tell a kid no.

    “I was completely fine with that. They’re still recruiting me as if they don’t have anybody. Like I said, it’s going to be tough to leave them out, but I’m really looking for the best for me.”

    Cain’s words are important. The Buckeyes lost out on 4-star prospect Devyn Ford to Penn State late in the spring, and the rumors were that Ford’s camp believed Chambers was a running back — despite my projection that he starts his career at linebacker. Cain’s understanding that a late decision on his part means every school he’s considering will likely have another tailback shows real insight into the process.

    “I’ve always known the other top schools are going to take a [running] back, because they have to. If I don’t go there, they have to,” he said. “That’s their job, especially with my decision coming late because I want to see what happens with all these dudes.”

    A final five or six schools are coming soon for Cain, and it’s hard to tell if Ohio State will be in the equation. Texas, LSU, Oklahoma, Clemson, Georgia, Auburn and a handful of other programs are all in the mix.

    “The love is never lost with Ohio State,” he said. “I’m into who can develop me, help me be a first-round draft pick, who can help me achieve my academic goals. It’s really about that.”
     
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    Ohio State still in the mix for Noah Cain

    Ohio State was once the leader to land 4-star 2019 tailback Noah Cain. Now, the Buckeyes find themselves in a quagmire with five other top-tier programs fighting for his eventual commitment. Cain released his Top-6 schools via Twitter on Sunday night.

    Cain told Lettermen Row at Nike’s The Opening at the start of July that he has never lost his affection for the Buckeyes, despite the perception that they’ve fallen off in his recruitment because of verbal commitments from Sampson James and Steele Chambers.

    “The love is never lost with Ohio State,” he said. “I’m into who can develop me, help me be a first-round draft pick, who can help me achieve my academic goals. It’s really about that.”

    There are still months to go in Cain’s recruitment as he sticks to his plan of a December commitment. At present, the Buckeyes are likely in the fifth or sixth spot in this race. The question from here is whether or not they’re able to secure an official visit. Then they may need to convince Cain that Chambers is more likely to play linebacker in college than he is running back, despite all the talk suggesting otherwise.

    My pick right now is LSU for this Baton Rouge native, especially after Georgia dove into Louisiana to take away 5-star tailback John Emery, who committed to the Bulldogs on Sunday.
     
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    OBJ, you think there’s a chance here now that James has decommitted?
     
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    I don't give us much of a chance.
     
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    After asking around it looks like we have a great chance at an official visit...……...
     
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    Noah Cain sets official visit to Ohio State
    It’s been talked about for a while, but 4-star running back Noah Cain has made it official: He will visit to Ohio State.

    “Yes, sir,” Cain told Lettermen Row on Sunday night when asked if his visit was set for The Game against Michigan on Nov. 24.

    Ohio State has long been in contact with Cain. He took four different visits to the school in 2017, but he has not returned to campus since September of that year. When the Buckeyes landed a commitment from 4-star Sampson James and then from 4-star athlete Steele Chambers, it seemed the chances of landing Cain plummeted to almost zero.

    When James decommitted in early October, Cain immediately became a top contender to replace him thanks in part to that longstanding relationship with the Buckeyes, especially running backs coach Tony Alford. However, the last year allowed a number of big-time programs with personal ties for Cain to step up and take root in his recruitment, with LSU and Texas both digging in their heels.

    The Tigers are back to playing smash-mouth football, and Baton Rouge is where Cain was born. Texas is where he lived for a few years, and part of his interest in Ohio State is rooted in Longhorns running backs coach Stan Drayton, thanks to his development of guys like Carlos Hyde and Ezekiel Elliott

    LSU is working hard to flip 5-star running back John Emery, a Louisiana-native who is committed to Georgia. Cain isn’t not concerned about that. He’s maintained throughout his recruitment that he’s only going to pick the place that will fit him the best with no attention being paid to who else that team is recruiting. That’s why he maintained his bond with Alford despite the probability that Ohio State wouldn’t have room to take him even if they wanted to.

    Things change, in every situation. Ohio State is likely to lose Mike Weber following the season, and the expectation is that J.K. Dobbins could follow suit following 2019. With uncertainty around Brian Snead’s future, Cain could see a Buckeyes depth chart that has only Master Teague III and Steele Chambers on it by his sophomore season, and that’s inviting to a tailback that believes he’s ready for primetime.

    Cain has been patient throughout the recruiting process, and all the machinations and moving parts are a big reason why.

    “I just know I’ll end up wherever God leads me on Dec. 21,” Cain said. “That’s why I haven’t committed to anybody.”
     
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