Profile: Deon Cain
Position: Wide Receiver
Location: Tampa (Fla.) Tampa Bay Tech
Rank: , No. 11 Wide Receiver
Recruiting: Cain committed to Clemson over offers from schools like Florida State, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee, Auburn, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State and a slew of others. He's one of the most sought after wide receiver prospects in the nation.
What to like: What's not to like about Cain? This kid is an elite athlete with good size, length and speed. Cain's primarily played quarterback and does so for his high school team. This makes watching him play wide receiver during the off-season even more extraordinary.
Cain's just a natural when it comes to playing the wide receiver position. He never fights the ball and catches everything with his hands away from his body. Cain possesses terrific hand-eye coordination and is very good in the air, showing body control.
Cain possesses very good speed. He may not be the most explosive cat from the state of Florida but he's no pedestrian either. This kid can run and run away from people.
The best two words to describe his game at receiver is smooth and effortless. Like I said above, it's even more impressive considering this isn't his full time position… yet.
What may be of concern: The only minor concern I have with Cain is the lack of reps he's had at this position when the bullets are flying for real. Granted, he's gotten extensive action during the 7-on-7 season and that certainly counts for something. I will be real curious to see how he plays during the U.S. Army All-American Game against some of the best cornerbacks in the nation.
Cain will need to work on becoming a complete route runner and all the little nuances to playing the position. I would also like to see him bulk up and get stronger.
Overall analysis: Clemson does it once again, landing another super skilled athlete from the state of Florida. C.J. Spiller, Sammy Watkins and Artavis Scott are three that come to mind. We all saw the damage that Spiller and Watkins created while at Clemson and will soon see Scott tearing it up for Tigers.
The irony here is that I think in certain schemes Cain could play quarterback. And Clemson is one of them. He's a true dual-threat who can extend a play in the passing game because he's so tough to bring down in the pocket. Cain has an average to above average arm. He just needs to develop more consistency in throwing the football.
But I see a much higher upside as a wide receiver, especially when he commits to the craft on a full time basis. His skill set looks like an ideal match for the Clemson offense. This is a kid that can take a short pass and make something big happen with the ball in his hands. Cain is silky smooth with deceptive speed. He's very dangerous with the ball. Then he can also just run right by you can get behind a secondary and be that deep threat a defense has to account for.
On a side note, I can only imagine that Cain's commitment should help Clemson immensely with their recruitment of Ray Ray McCloud (Tampa Sickles). The two are great friends and would be ideal compliments in the Tigers offense. Stay tuned for this one, as Clemson has a great shot with this ultra explosive McCloud.
Cain gives Clemson 18 commitments now, including 4 from Florida. Quarterback Tucker Israel (Lake Nona, Fla.), offensive tackle Jake Fruhmorgen (Tampa Plant) and tight end Garrett Williams (Orlando, Fla./The First Academy) have also pledged to the Tigers from the Sunshine State.
Commitment Analysis: Deon Cain
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