RECRUITING: Cain Eyes the Tigers
TigerRag.com catches up with John Curtis standout Kenny Cain
by Daniel Mingea III
Tiger Rag Recruiting Analyst
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LSU is known nationwide for its defense as it produces an elite squad year in and year out. The Tigers have a few defensive commitments for the class of 2009 thus far including two linebackers.
It appears the Tigers’ staff is looking to possibly add one more linebacker, but certainly at least one safety. Coincidentally there is a local product looking to do whatever it takes to represent the purple and gold next season.
TigerRag.com caught up with John Curtis High School product Kenny Cain for an update.
“Everything is going great,” Cain expressed. “I’m used to dealing with school and football by now and I have my priorities straight. It’s school first and then football. We got off to a bad start this season because we lost our first game to Euless Trinity(TX) 28-12, but we learned from it. I think we’ve been getting stronger every week.
“We won our last two games and we play one of the best teams(Blount High School) in Alabama Friday night inside of Muss Bertolino stadium at 7:00pm,” Cain continued. “I can’t give a prediction, but I’ve been practicing hard all week so hopefully it pays off.”
As a junior, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound athlete led his team in rushing with 1,122 yards including 15 touchdowns. Cain began the season on offense once again this year, but he is likely to line up on defense at the next level.
“I’ve played some running-back this year, but in the last two games I played mostly at safety,” Cain explained. “It was kind of like a nickel back position.
“One day at practice I asked my coach if I could try playing a little safety and I did alright,” Cain added. “This week I think I’ll be playing on offense and defense though. I wanted to get on defense some because more than likely I’ll be playing outside-linebacker or safety in college. I didn’t want it to be too hard to make the transition from offense to defense.”
Cain is certain he possesses the ability to play on defense at the next level as he has offers to play linebacker from Florida, Arkansas, Tulane and UL-Monroe while being heavily pursued by Alabama. The standout athlete admitted to being flattered by those offers, but he has his heart set on just one.
“I got my tickets reserved today(Thursday) for the LSU vs. Mississippi State game this weekend,” Cain exclaimed. “My plans are to go to the game and let the coaches know once again how interested I am in playing for LSU. I know they are looking for a few more defensive players and I want to let them know that I’m their missing player for this class.
“LSU is my school at home,” Cain stated. “There’s nothing like representing the school in your home state and having the chance to be a hometown hero.”
John Curtis High School has won over 20 state football championships, but Cain and his team have been competing with out-of-state squads in an attempt to make a bigger name for themselves.
Would that kind of notoriety help Cain at the next level?
“Of course,” Cain responded. “Most college coaches are looking for guys that know how to win and being a part of a team like John Curtis shows that I know how to win. You just have to hate losing more than you like to win.”