5-Star RB Noah Cain Becoming Familiar With LSU

    Five-star running back Noah Cain has plenty of major suitors. But LSU is trying to sit in the driver's seat for the Class of 2019 star.

    March 27, 2017

    Five-star running back Noah Cain has plenty of major suitors. But LSU is trying to sit in the driver’s seat for the Class of 2019 star.


    LSU won’t have the luxury of lining up Leonard Fournette in its offensive backfield in 2017, but Ed Orgeron and his staff are doing everything they can to bring in a top running back for their future offenses in Baton Rouge.

    The Tigers are strongly pursuing five-star Baton Rouge native Noah Cain, who is the nation’s top running back in the Class of 2019. He traveled to LSU for junior day last weekend, which was the first visit to Baton Rouge since he camped there last July. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound rising junior received an offer from the Tigers just days after Orgeron was named interim head coach.

    Orgeron has since been named the permanent replacement for Les Miles, and Tommie Robinson has replaced Jabbar Juluke as the team’s running backs coach and Cain’s lead recruiter.

    At Nike’s “The Opening” regional in New Orleans earlier this month, Cain said that he needs to get a better feel for his new recruiter and the staff as a whole, but that the Tigers are indeed in play for his pledge.

    “They’re definitely one of my top 10 schools, and because I’m from Baton Rouge I grew up an LSU fan and all my family is there, too,” he said. “But I [have] to keep developing relationships with them. I need to get a better feel for the staff. Obviously, I was used to one staff and now they have another one. So I’ll get used to them and that’s going to be the main thing for me—to get a better feel and see how I feel about them.”

    Cain studied new offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s offense at his junior day. The attack that Canada is expected to implement in Baton Rouge is actually geared toward a more spread-style look with an emphasis on the passing game. Three and four-wide receiver sets will be used often, which is different from the power run game Bayou Bengals fans have been used to under Miles. Cain himself, though, is moving to a similar style of offense at IMG Academy (FL) this season. So the change in direction offensively by the Tigers isn’t expected to be a major deterrent in his decision.

    Cain had 210 carries for 1,683 yards and 22 touchdowns as a sophomore at Guyer High School (Denton, TX) before deciding to transfer to national powerhouse IMG.

    “They’re still going to run the ball, but they’re going to be more open now,” he said. “They’re going into the shotgun now, a lot of spread looks. Coach Canada said no one knows what we’re going to run, that they’re going to be unpredictable and make the wide receivers more involved, so that will open up lanes for the running backs.”

    Cain was told by the LSU staff that he is its top 2019 target at the running back position. Orgeron, Robinson and area recruiter Corey Raymond are expected to watch Cain at IMG Academy later this spring. He has an ideal build for a potential Power Five running back with good vision and balance. His ability to gain yards after contact is one of his biggest strengths.

    While Cain has an early top 10 that includes LSU, he is not close to finalizing a decision. The projected early enrollee plans to make all of his official visits and could make his pledge known in December 2018. Michigan will be among numerous trips this spring, including Ohio State, Tennessee, Georgia and Oklahoma.

    MORE: College Football Recruiting Rankings – March 26, 2017

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