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2019 RB Noah Cain is already planning to visit Michigan following Wolverines offer
Michigan’s presence at Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy is long from over with. The Wolverines offered one of the school’s top targets in 2019 on Wednesday night — RB Noah Cain, the nation’s top-ranked sophomore running back per 247Sports.
Rated a 5-star prospect by the 247Sports Composite, Cain is the nation’s No. 5 overall prospect in the 2019 class. He spoke with Land of 10 on Thursday morning about his newest offer.
“It was a great conversation with Coach Jim Harbaugh, he’s a humble coach,” Cain said. “He told me how excited he is to start recruiting me, and that they will come see me in the spring.”
The Wolverines have asserted themselves early for Cain, but is nearly two years before his decision date still too late for the national star?
Cain already has 20 offers from Division I programs, including LSU, Miami, Nebraska, Ohio State and Oklahoma.
The 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions are extremely premature, but nonetheless, three predictors have Miami, two have LSU and the other belongs to the Sooners.
So despite Michigan being the 20th school to get on the Cain bandwagon, it shouldn’t mean the Wolverines are out, due to how wide open the race for Cain is early on.
He sees the Wolverines as an option to look closely at.
“I will visit (Michigan),” Cain said. “David Underwood, who played running back for Michigan in the past, is like a big brother to me.”
What’s Underwood’s message to Cain?
“That (Michigan) is a great place to be, and they are building something special.”
Michigan is 19 schools late, sure, but this is an offer that Cain was waiting on. Throw in a figure in his life he “considers a big brother” in Underwood, who will definitely keep him reminded of Michigan’s prestige, and Michigan has a nice early approach for one of the 2019 class’ very best.
Cain plans to visit Michigan this offseason, hoping for it to be in the spring or summer.
NJ.com goes in-depth with top Michigan DT target Tyler Friday
Michigan’s top defensive tackle target in 2018 isn’t much of a question — it’s Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep 4-star DT Tyler Friday.
A deep pipeline has been built from The Garden State to Ann Arbor, with players choosing from Jersey in multiples. That number was six signees in 2016, it was two in 2017 and one might be on the way in 2018 already in Friday.
Despite word around the program, when Friday was asked about Michigan having the edge right now in an interview with NJ.com’s Todderick Hunt, the 6-foot-3, 260-pound Friday disputed the rumors.
“I mean, not really. A lot of guys take things the wrong way. Everyone has a fair shot as of right now,” Friday said when asked about whether the Wolverines, Ohio State or Penn State lead for him “But I guess those are the schools that stand out to me because they are my most recent visits. But as of right now I don’t have any leaders or anything like that.”
Friday’s 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions are reading 80-percent Michigan, as 4 of 5 have the Wolverines, while Rutgers has the other one.
Despite the in-state Scarlet Knights sounding to be out of the race, they’re very much in it, according to Friday.
“Yeah, of course. I’m open to every school that recruits me. Being that their record was what it was and they performed the way they did, of course everyone is gonna have their doubts,” Friday said when asked if he is seriously considering the the Big Ten bottom feeders. “But who’s to say me and my class can’t be the ones to change that. So it’s just taking the time, just thinking about it.”
Friday will continue to be Michigan’s top target going forward.
A visit that could prove pivotal is coming up on March 27, when Friday visits Ann Arbor for the second time. The trip to the Midwest will involve a stop at Ohio State the day before.
Want to know about what that visit could entail? We wrote about that Thursday morning.
The Wolverines are in a better position than any other school to land Friday. But, it’s recruiting, and things change by the minute.
As always, buckle up!