January 20, 2009

Cain a new name to follow

One of the top uncommitted players left from the talent rich state of Louisiana is River Ridge John Curtis athlete Kenny Cain. The three-star prospect helped the Patriots to a 14-1 record and another state championship in 2008.

Recently the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder has seen his recruitment increase with interest from schools throughout the south. Some schools are eyeing Cain as a next level runner while others see him as a perfect fit for linebacker.

To get the latest, Purplemenace.com caught up with John Curtis head coach J.T. Curtis to get his thoughts on Cain.

"Well, he just went up to Northern Illinois last week," Coach Curtis said. "He's going to Arkansas this weekend, I think he may go to TCU mid-week and then go to Tulane the last weekend."

Cain doubled up as a running back and sometimes at linebacker for Curtis and the coach says he is getting interest for both positions from schools recruiting him.

"He played mostly runningback for me," Coach Curtis said. "He played linebacker mostly for me as a sophomore and played linebacker for me periodically his junior and senior years. He can play on either side of the ball.

"The schools haven't really said anything about one position or another. I know Arkansas is recruiting him defensively, Tulane is recruiting him for both, Northern Illinois I think is recruiting him for both. TCU is recruiting him as a linebacker."

Cain, who rushed for over 1,200 yards and 16 touchdowns certainly has the ability to make an impact at the next level as a runner. However, Coach Curtis is quick to point out that he is equally impressive on defense.

"He is a guy that defensively he can run so well," Curtis said. "He just has natural instincts to the ball. With his quickness and speed he could play as a freshman. Offensively, he is just a guy that has speed, good hands and has nice moves. I don't know if he would be just a pure tailback kind of guy but he would be an excellent one back kind of guy."

With just two weeks to go until signing day, it's common to see prospects having a slight leader above the others. Coach Curtis says that's not the case with Cain as he is relatively new to the process.

"We're just getting started now," he said. "We played until the second week of December so he's just now getting started."

Check in with Purplemenace.com as we continue to track Cain's recruitment and always bring you the latest in Horned Frog recruiting.

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