UGA already has strong ties to Noah Cain as the nation’s top back for 2019

Noah Cain, the nation's No. 1 RB for 2019, already has strong ties to UGA.

Noah Cain, the nation’s No. 1 RB for 2019, keeps it very real.

That seems clear when listening to him discuss his interest in Georgia. If the program continues to recruit him hard, he shared very strong odds about the program earning an official visit.

“100 percent,” Cain said. “That’s 100 percent I will give Georgia an official visit. If I stay on track with them and they stay on track with me and keep developing a great relationship like we are now, then they will definitely get an official visit from me.”

This serves to further the momentum being generated for Georgia’s Class of 2019. The Bulldogs picked up their second 5-star commit for that cycle last week with the receiver Jadon Haselwood’s decision.

Cain’s interest in UGA seems greater than the chance to write about how the nation’s top 2019 back (per 247Sports ranking) feels about the program.

Somebody who knows the real Noah Cain

UGA quality control coach Jay Valai has a genuine relationship with Cain. He tagged him in his tweets following his recent visit on March 3.

“Coach Jay Valai is one of the (quality control coaches) on the Georgia staff,” Cain said. “He just came on board like last year. He’d been training me in Texas since I was like 10 years old. He’s a big brother to me. I’ve known him for awhile and that relationship makes Georgia one of my top schools.”

That relationship seems significant.

“No other coach has that type of relationship I have built and I feel I have with Coach Jay,” Cain said. “That goes back to when I was young. I started training with him when I was like 10 or 11 years old. We talk about more than football. We talk about life. When we get the chance to talk, we talk about how our families are doing. He cares about me really developing as a young man and my personal development about so much more than football. … He was really happy for me when I finally got that Georgia offer.”

UGA visit sparks an offer for Noah Cain

Cain was impressed by a recent visit to UGA on March 3. It was not his first.

“I learned on that visit that coach (Kirby) Smart is a very polished coach,” Cain said. “He knows his details and his stuff about the school. I had previously met coach (Dell) McGee last year at Georgia when I went up there last June and did a workout for him.I had already started in on building a relationship with Coach McGee back then a year ago.”

Georgia offered him on that visit.

“What amazed me was how they built their indoor facility pretty fast,” Cain said. “That came up fast and it was a good visit. I feel great about Georgia after that visit. You know that pro-style offense is something many teams don’t use anymore. That’s why I’m considering Georgia heavily. That truly is one of the top schools in the country for a running back. Meaning that’s ‘RBU’ and that’s what I like about them. The running backs do their thing at Georgia. They are directly involved and implemented in that offense to do great things.”

That “RBU” statement didn’t come lightly. When asked to compare any other schools that have the same tradition at that position, he responded with just one other SEC school.

That was LSU.

That Nolan Smith guy again

Georgia commit Nolan Smith is already peppering his IMG teammate Noah Cain about thinking about joining him in Athens. (Jeff Sentell /

Nolan Smith II, his IMG teammate, is already committed to UGA in his class.

Cain said to already look for him to take a trip this fall to check out a home game.

“They need to go ahead and put him on the payroll,” Cain said. “This dude is recruiting guys out of the woodwork. Dudes who don’t have offers. Dudes who are already considering Georgia. The man is always working. He wants the whole IMG team at Georgia. We have class together and he’s like ‘Hey, man how about Georgia?’ every day. I can tell that dude is already 110 percent committed to Georgia every day.”

Other contenders for Cain

Let’s be clear here. UGA has positioned itself well for Cain, but they are not the lead dogs in a decision that will take awhile.

Cain said he will enroll early in January of 2019 after his season year at IMG.

“I’ll probably be a late guy to decide,” he said. “Kind of like (2017 5-star RB) Cam Akers and how he did it. That’s because I don’t want to rush into anything. I am going to take the recruiting process real slow and just enjoy it. I am really blessed to be in the position that I’m in.”

He won’t be scared about depth charts. But he is looking for the opportunity to play as a true freshman.

“All I need to hear is we’re all going to have a chance to compete,” Cain said. “I want to play as a true freshman. I saw what Cam Akers did. Dalvin Cook went to the league and he’s going to have a chance to start as a true freshman. I want to be in that same situation and just need to hear about an opportunity to play. I don’t need to hear I will play right away. Just give me a chance to go in, go hard and go to work. That’s all I need.”

He named off several schools which are chasing him. His 247sports player page cites 18 offers. Cain said he doesn’t have a top schools list, but the ones he mentioned prominently were Arizona State, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.

Noah Cain already has a very strong tie to UGA. But Miami is also a big-time contender for his choice. (Student Sports / Special)

Cain said a recent trip to Miami was likely his best unofficial visit so far. He didn’t count the recent one to UGA because that was a visit he took with other IMG prospects on a bus tour.

That might have sparked some momentum predicting he will eventually choose Miami. He laughed about that.

“I haven’t made a choice yet,” Cain said. “Everybody has their own predictions but when I was down there for a visit I had a real good time. Every school I tend to visit and have a good time at I will show them some love. I love any school which loves me. Any school that shows me love back that’s what I’m going to do. I’m sure that probably sometime next year I will come out with my top schools.”

He said Georgia would “most definitely” be among that list of teams to look out for regarding that list.

Noah Cain, the nation’s No. 1 RB for 2019, picked up his offer from UGA on March 3. (Student Sports / Special)

Cain was measured just shy of the 5-foot-11 mark at the Nike Opening regional in Orlando. He’s right at 206 pounds after transferring from his home state of Texas to Florida’s IMG Academy.

Remarkable production allowed him to get noticed.

He picked up 1,058 yards as a freshman thanks to 9.8 yards per carry.

The rising junior also rambled for 1683 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2016. Those big plays came at an average rate of 8.0 yards per attempt.

More than football 

He’s an elite prospect, but there’s more to his recruiting profile than that.

Cain said he already has strong ties to UGA. He laid out a simple plan for the Bulldogs to ensure they get an official visit next fall. (Student Sports / Special)

“When I was back home in Texas I did community service projects,” Cain said. “There was a ‘Jack and Jill’ group that gave back to our community. I just like giving back to my community and doing what I can to put a smile on people’s faces.”

When he started to detail his process, he didn’t mention any locker rooms or weight rooms.

He talked about chatting with academic advisors and seeking out the small things which will become big things once he’s a student.

He plans to major in physical therapy.

“My dad is a speech pathologist so he’s been to conventions like that before and he’s been after physical therapists a lot,” he said. “I remember that from back when I was younger. I’ve always seen some of the things they did and was impressed by how they were able to help put people get back together and get back to their grind for sports. That is really cool how those people are able to do that. It just seems like something that it would be great for me to be able to do.”

Check out his highlights below. Cain patterns his game after the power running of former LSU great Leonard Fournette but with a helping smattering of Florida’s State Dalvin Cook elusiveness in the gumbo.



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