Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting , with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we discuss LSU’s chances with the nation’s top-ranked 2019 running back Noah Cain. After a recent visit to Baton Rouge, members of the Tigers’ class made a strong impression on the 5-star prospect.
Noah Cain says Tigers are moving up
Talk about a homecoming.
Noah Cain, the nation’s top-ranked running back in the Class of 2019, took full advantage of his Thanksgiving break. The 5-star talent returned home to Baton Rouge and caught LSU’s regular-season finale against Texas A&M, under the lights in Death Valley.
The unofficial visit marked Cain’s first trip back to LSU since the summer, but left an equally favorable impression on the All-American. Cain drew attention from an array of different coaches, including Ed Orgeron, Tommie Robinson and Matt Canada, but was most swayed by his potential fit in the offensive scheme.
“LSU is definitely moving up toward the top spot right now,” Cain told SEC Country. “I’ve been impressed with the new offense. I believe I can thrive in the new offense. Everybody gets involved and it keeps it non-one-dimensional. There’s a lot of different things going through the offense and I love what Coach Canada is doing. They’re definitely moving up.”
After the game, Cain ventured into the locker room to re-connect with the LSU coaches, who by the way, are courting the 5-star tailback to be the next No. 7 for the Tigers.
Robinson, who has already helped secure a commitment from one of the state’s elite 2019 prospects in 4-star running back Tyrion Davis, is aiming to add Cain to the mix as well. Two blue-chip backs in the same class? That’s a formula Cain can get behind.
“T-Rob and Coach O are telling me that Tyrion is committed and I could fill the second slot in one of the best backfields in the country,” Cain said. “We could be a one-two punch like Darrel [Williams] and [Derrius] Guice. If I’m being keyed on, then Ty is going to eat. If Ty’s getting keyed on, then I’m going to eat. Sometimes, we’re going to eat at the same time. The one-two punch is always good because the whole defense won’t know who’s getting the ball. You can stay fresh and stay healthy.”
Cain was welcomed back to his hometown with open arms. He was the center of attention for not only the LSU coaches, but also the 2019 recruits and the fans inside of Tiger Stadium.
Among the notable takeaways from the visit include the current commits pushing him to return to Baton Rouge and the bright future that could be in store if he goes down that path. Yes, the hometown vibes certainly resonated with Cain, who obviously grew up as a fan of LSU and is now being courted as a missing piece to return the program to championship contention.
“It was a great experience,” Cain said. “It had been a minute since I saw the coaches. Ty, Kardell [Thomas], Maurice [Hampton] were talking about LSU and a lot of different things going on. It was real cool to talk to them about what the future holds. The LSU fans showed me a lot of love walking around campus. I didn’t know they’d know who I was, but they spotted me out and said how much they’d love to have me there. It was a lot of love from the fan base and it was real cool to be in Baton Rouge.”
“The biggest thing,” he added, “was bringing a national championship back to Baton Rouge. Being a kid from there, to bring that back to LSU … they haven’t had one since 2007, so that would be special … a special moment for me to do that for LSU. That caught my eye to be in that position to bring a national championship back to LSU.”
’19 commits believe Noah Cain to LSU is ‘a done deal’
The LSU coaches were working hard to convince Cain to join the Tigers when he makes a decision in 13 months. As were some of the current pieces of LSU’s 2019 recruiting class.
Davis, the 4-star running back who committed to LSU this summer, spent a good chunk of Saturday evening with another Baton Rouge native. Together, the elite running backs spent time with Robinson as Davis helped his future running backs coach to recruit Cain to join him at LSU.
“We’ve been talking about playing together since the LSU and Alabama game,” Davis told SEC Country. “Coach O and T-Rob want us to be the backs in 2019. I was telling him how we both could take over, that they wouldn’t be able to stop both of us. He’s feeling it, too. Coach [Robinson] was telling us how he needs us to come in and step up early because they’re slacking at running back right now.
“He’s really feeling it, too,” he added. “It’s kind of like it’s a done deal.”
Of course, Cain won’t make a decision until after he takes all five of his official visits next fall and commits for the 2019 early signing period. That gives added time for Davis, Thomas and Hampton to continue making their pitch.
Hampton, a 4-star defensive back who committed to LSU last summer, was also in Tuscaloosa, Ala., with Cain earlier this month. He had an easy pitch about why Cain should commit to LSU and join this vaunted 2019 class, and also believes it’s likely to happen.
“NFLSU speaks for itself,” Hampton told SEC Country. “I told him we could have something special in ’19 and he’s got to be a part of it. Plus, who doesn’t want to run behind Kenyon [Green] and Kardell in an offense that will give you the ball 20-plus carries?
“He was really receptive, mostly just taking it all in,” he added. “I think he ends up in Baton Rouge unless another big school makes a stronger push between now and signing day.”
Thomas has maintained a similar stance.
Thomas, who recently spoke about his role as the 2019 class’ leader, believes Cain wants to play with him at the next level. The 5-star offensive lineman believes this recent visit certainly helped the cause.
“Noah really likes LSU,” Thomas told SEC Country. “He told me that he’s thinking about it hard. Honestly, I think we’re going to get him. The way he was talking about …”
#LSU fans, what y’all think?
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) November 26, 2017
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) November 26, 2017
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