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Country’s top 2019 running back is excited by Ohio State offer
There’s a long way to go until signing day 2019, but in today’s recruiting world, time to get to know the best players in the county is exactly what teams are looking for. That’s why it’s not a surprise — especially as they’ve begun to round out their 2018 running back group — that the Buckeyes have started to move on to the 2019 class and offered RB Noah Cain of IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.).
— Noah Cain (@therealnoahcain) March 4, 2017
Cain, a 5-foot-11, 207-pound sophomore, is originally out of Baton Rouge but moved to Texas following Hurricane Katrina. LSU is, of course, high on the list right now but Cain says he’s not close to making any decision. Why? Because there are a lot of big-time opportunities out there that haven’t yet materialized. For example, the offer from the Buckeyes took him by surprise.
“(The Buckeyes offer) completely caught me off-guard,” Cain told Land of 10. “I was expecting them to come see me in the spring, so when I found out on Saturday, I was speechless.”
His interest in the Buckeyes is simple: he loves what Ohio State is doing at the running back position.
“I like the way they develop running backs,” he said. “Complete running backs.”
What do the Buckeyes like about Cain? That’s equally simple. Cain, who played his first two years of high school at Guyer High School in Denton, Texas, is a complete running back.
“(Ohio State running backs coach Tony) Alford told me he loves my size, strength and vision,” he said when asked why he was getting so many early offers. “Plus my speed.”
So far, Cain has been to a handful of schools but as of yet, not Ohio State.
“I’ve been to Miami, LSU, Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M, as well as a few others,” he said. “I haven’t been to Ohio State yet, but I have to get up there and check it out. I will be going up there this spring or early in the summer.”
What does the 247Sports’ fifth-ranked sophomore in the nation look for in a college? He’s figuring that out, and right now, there aren’t any schools standing out.
“Pretty much every school has stood out,” Cain added. “I’m taking this recruiting process slow. I don’t want to make the wrong decision. The first thing I’m going to look for in a school is their physical therapy program, because that’s what I want to major in. Then I’m going to look at their offense, and the school’s environment. I’m also going to really see which school presents an opportunity for me to play as a true freshman.”
New offer in Georgia has had unique view of Buckeyes
Here’s a bit of not-breaking news: Ohio State loves recruiting in Georgia. That’s not a “unique to Urban Meyer” thing, either. No, Jim Tressel loved The Peach State and a handful of years ago, he signed two players from Georgia that may help the Buckeyes land a newly offered 2018 prospect.
— Jaycee Horn (@jayceehorn_10) March 6, 2017
That is Alpharetta’s Jaycee Horn, and unsurprisingly, one of the players showing up in his tweet is current Denver Broncos DB Bradley Roby.
“I know a lot of players that came through (Ohio State),” Horn told Land of 10. “One in particular is Bradley Roby. He played with my brother in high school so I grew up watching him. I followed him at Ohio State and to see where he is now is crazy.”
Horn is a 3-star prospect at Alpharetta High School. Now a 6-foot-1, 170-pound junior, he visited Ohio State when he was a youngster — with the family of another former Buckeye.
“I went up there when I was 10,” he said. “I was with my friend Connor Heyward. His older brother, Cameron, played for the Buckeyes so I went up there with him. I definitely want to get up there again.”
Connor is headed to Michigan State as a 2017 signee (the Spartans have not offered Horn), but the familiarity with the Buckeyes certainly doesn’t hurt Ohio State in the long run.
“(Going there when I was younger) and knowing about the school is one of the reasons I have such interest in them. Ohio State is a great university and they’ve had great success putting guys in the league. Especially guys that play my position,” Horn said. “The offer means a lot. They like my ball skills and things like that. We didn’t talk much about my film, but we’ve been talking for the last three straight days. We were just talking about school and other things. (Buckeyes director of player personnel) Mark Pantoni hit me up and just told me they like me.”
Obviously, Ohio State is not the only school that likes Horn. The nation’s 54th-ranked cornerback holds almost 40 offers, from programs including Alabama and the home-state Georgia Bulldogs. There’s no pressure to stay home, though.
“Staying in state doesn’t play a big role for me,” he said. “I’m not saying I won’t go to Georgia, but just because they’re in state doesn’t mean they have an advantage.”