After two seasons at Denton Guyer, Noah Cain, the nation’s top-ranked 2019 running back, elected to take his talents to Florida and transfer to national powerhouse IMG Academy.
If Tom Herman and his staff get their way, Cain’s collegiate career will begin right where his high school career began to blossom — in Texas.
After just two seasons, Cain has seen his recruitment generate as much interest as any prospect in his class, collecting 20 offers to date from programs such as LSU, Ohio State, Miami, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Michigan and Georgia, to name a few.
Herman’s Longhorns became the latest to jump into the mix with an offer earlier this week, which prompted some praise for the first-year Texas head coach.
“It's a blessing,” Cain told Burnt Orange Nation of his Texas offer. “I know Tom Herman is trying to bring Texas back to its glory days so it's good to know him and his staff noticed my skill set!”
Considering what Cain has already accomplished throughout the first half of his high school career, it’s not much of a surprise that Texas noticed his skill set.
As a sophomore in the Dallas-area, Cain exploded for 1,683 yards and 22 touchdowns and as has since seen his recruitment take off. Fortunately for the Longhorns, Cain’s interest in Texas preceded his March 21 offer, despite the ‘Horns not being among the earliest to offer the elite rusher.
“I’ve had interest in them,” Cain said of how the offer impacts his interest in Texas. “I’m ready to just begin a relationship with the new staff.”
As far as building a relationship is concerned, Cain will be able to begin that process, in person, at some point within the next few days. Though he’s unsure on the exact date, Cain told BON he’ll visit Texas on either Saturday or next Tuesday, which presents a huge opportunity with a high-level target that’s technically an out-of-state recruit going forward. While on campus, Cain has a good idea of what he wants to see from The University of Texas.
“I want to see the physical therapy program because that's what I want to major in,” Cain said of what he’s hoping to see during his upcoming visit to Austin. “Then I just want to get a vibe for the campus.”
Although he’s still two seasons away from Division I football, Cain is the kind of prospect that’s worth emphasizing early and often. Within a week of offering, Texas will get an opportunity to do just that and roll out the red carpet for a running back that grew up a fan of the program and its tradition.
Cain ranks as the nation’s No. 5 player and the No. 1 running back, per 247Sports.