Rains to Carry on UC Tradition

Jared Rains, a two-way star from Hopewell High School in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, verbally committed to the Bearcats back in mid-June, but Bearcat Insider wanted to touch base with the young man who grew up a Cincinnati football fan.

Jared Rains decided back in June that he wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and play his college football as a member of the Cincinnati Bearcats.  If he has anything close to the kind of career his father enjoyed, the Bearcats got themselves a budding star.


Dan Rains, Jared's father, played for Tony Mason and Ralph Staub and enjoyed four consecutive winning seasons at UC including a 9-2 record in 1976 before playing in the NFL for the Chicago Bears.  He was also a member of the Bears' 1985 Super Bowl champion club, but this story isn't about the father.  It's about the son.


The Aliquippa running back/cornerback feels he's gotten off to a solid start in 2007.  "Everything has been going pretty well.  I guess I have about 360 yards rushing in our three games, and I have one interception."  Hopewell is 3-0 heading into tonight's game with Blackhawk High School.


The 5' 11"/190 pounder reports a 4.49 forty time and isn't too concerned with where he'll play at Cincinnati.  "They really haven't told me where I'll play, but I'm willing to do whatever they need."


Jared described his Bearcat commitment as "solid" but didn't know when he would be taking his official visit to Cincinnati's campus.  "I spoke with Coach Tresey last night, but we haven't set up any official visit yet."  Even though Rains is verbally committed to UC, that nonbinding commitment hasn't kept all the schools from continuing to make contact, according to Jared.  "There's been a little bit here and there, but not as much as before.  Pitt and Michigan State contact me every once in a while."


Ohio University was the only other Division IA school to make a scholarship offer prior to Cincinnati's, but Jared was also receiving interest from Connecticut, Boston College and West Virginia.


Keeping tabs on Cincinnati's progress this season has not been difficult for the Pittsburgh kid.  "I've been able to see two of their games so far on television."  Jared said he also visits Bearcat Insider to follow the program. 


Jared admitted he's somewhat surprised the Bearcat program is doing as well as it is.  "I wasn't sure what to expect, but I've seen what Coach Kelly did at Central Michigan, and he's always had success.  I thought they'd be good this year, but they're doing even better than I thought."


The Bearcats play at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Saturday, October 20, and according to Jared's father, both he and Jared expect to see the game with some other Cincinnati football alumni.  "The last time the Bearcats played here I had a lot of my old buddies in my company's box to see the game.  I've got Reggie Harrison coming in and Tommy Marvaso."   There could even be a Heisman Trophy winner in the box as Dan played high school ball with Tony Dorsett, and the two remain good friends.


Dan is happy his son will be playing football at his alma mater.  "Jared had the opportunity to go to other schools, but Cincinnati is it for him.  It's something any dad would like."


Dan Rains, and possibly another "special" guest, will be on "Bearcat Insider Live at the Holy Grail" radio show on Tuesday, October 16 from 7-9 p.m.

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