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
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
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
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
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.