GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Noah Cain was among the 5-star visitors for Florida last weekend against LSU.
The top 2019 recruit attends IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and Saturday was his first time checking out The Swamp. The Gators impressed Cain with their ground game and fan base.
“The atmosphere is awesome,” Cain told SEC Country. “It was a great environment. The offense that they run, they did a great job running the ball. I know they didn’t get the ball in the end zone as much as they would like, but I was definitely impressed with the O-line play and the way the backs were running. It definitely opened my eyes.”
Cain’s interest level led to an offer Wednesday from Florida running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider, who is now recruiting for the following cycle after securing commitments from incoming early enrollees Iverson Clement and Dameon Pierce.
“He was definitely glad I got up,” Cain said of meeting Seider. “He was excited. He was telling me how he doesn’t have a running back commit for the ’19 class and he’s going to be recruiting me. It was great getting to know him.
“I talked to Coach [Jim] McElwain, some of the offensive coaching staff and I met some of the players. They were just telling me it’s a great environment and I definitely saw it for eyes.”
Now Cain wants to see Seider up close and personal when the team is practicing next spring. With Clement and Pierce added to the roster, the Gators will have four underclassmen in their backfield.
That doesn’t seem to bother Cain, who is ranked the nation’s No. 1 running back and No. 12 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite.
“I’m defintely going to look at the depth chart before I make a decision,” Cain said, “but at the same time, looking at the way Florida’s backs are running, I was very impressed with the O-line play.
“The backs were moving. They had holes to run through and all I ask for from the O-line is just the opportunity to make a crease. They were telling definitely giving that to the running backs.”
In addition to Florida, Cain said Florida State, LSU, Miami, Ohio State, Texas and UCLA are the early leaders for him. The 5-foot-11, 207-pound prospect plans to take all five official visits, make his decision in December 2018 and enroll early the following month.
“I’m taking time,” Cain said. “I need to make sure I make the right decision.”
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