Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy running back Noah Cain has trimmed his lengthy list of options to just six finalists and as expected, the Texas Longhorns are still firmly in the mix.
Oklahoma, LSU, Penn State, Ohio State, and Auburn were also named as the schools Cain will continue to consider going forward.
Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, and Texas A&M were among the programs pursuing Cain, but now find themselves on the outside looking in for the former Denton Guyer star.
Of the programs still standing, Texas appears to be in the driver’s seat, but not comfortably.
Cain named Texas as his top team in early January, but LSU is very much a threat to land the Louisiana native, as is Ohio State. Crystal Ball projections have been placed favoring the Longhorns, Tigers, and Buckeyes, with Texas leading the pack at 61 percent. However, with as close of a race as Cain’s recruitment has become — more specifically, between Texas and LSU — there’s still plenty of work to be done ahead of Cain’s December 22 decision date.
As Cain has noted before, he’s hoping to see improved play along the Longhorns offensive line, so Herb Hand’s first season on the Forty Acres will be of utter importance here.
Cain is one of just five uncommitted 2019 running back prospects with a Texas offer, with another being teammate and top-ranked running back, Trey Sanders. The two have discussed potentially playing together in college, although Sanders is considered an Alabama lean.
Listed at 5’10.5, 209 pounds, Cain is ranked as the nation’s No. 102 player and as the No. 6 running back. During his debut season at IMG Academy, Cain compiled 524 yards and six touchdowns on 86 carries.