Clemson Catches Cain

The Clemson Tigers just landed one of the nation's most coveted receiver prospects in Deon Cain from Tampa Bay Tech.

Deon Cain Profile

Clemson is at it again. This time it's Deon Cain. The Tigers spot recruit the state of Florida as good as anyone outside of the Sunshine State. Moments ago, Dabo Swinney and Clemson landed yet another big time wide receiver prospect from Florida.

"I committed to Clemson," Cain said. "It's just the right place for me. It was a combination of everything. They have the coaches, the tradition, the offense, the players and I love the school. It was a hard decision and I feel blessed. I could have gone to some great schools like LSU, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama or Miami. But when you get right down to it Clemson was the best place for me."

Cain, 6-foot-2, 180-pounds, is a unique talent, especially given the fact that this four-star wide receiver prospect actually plays quarterback from his high school team, Tampa Bay Tech. You would never know it if you watch him during the off-season, as Cain has been one of the most impressive wideouts I have seen at any event this winter and spring.

"I was recruited by Clemson to play wide receiver and that excites me, especially with the success they have had their at that position. Coach [Jeff] Scott does a great job. Those wide receivers have put up big numbers and are now in the NFL. I plan on putting up big numbers and doing the same."

Jayson Roberts knows Cain as well as anyone. The Tampa Bay Tech coach believes his star player will be a star player for the Tigers very early in his college career.

"They are getting a dynamic play maker," Roberts said. "I mean he will be an instant impact guy. Those coaches will realize it after day two or day three of practice. They will quickly realize that they will have to get him on the field and the ball in his hands because he will put points on the board.

Deon is one of those guys that makes things look so easy out there. It doesn't matter the position. He's effortless. You don't think he's even trying hard. He's so fluid and so poised. Everything just comes so natural to him."

The Tigers have much recent history to sell potential recruits on. For this position, it's easy – Sammy Watkins. This former Clemson wide receiver was the No. 4 pick overall in the NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. In their more recent recruiting class, the Tigers landed Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake wide receiver Artavis Scott.

Clemson currently has 18 commitments with Cain's pledge. Tight end Garrett Williams (Orlando, Fla./The First Academy), quarterback Tucker Israel (Lake Nona, Fla.) and offensive tackle Jake Fruhmorgen (Tampa, Fla./Plant) are all high level Florida prospects headed to the Tigers in this class. And they are from finished. Clemson could very well be the team to beat for one of Cain's good friends, Tampa Sickles running back/wide receiver/defensive back Ray Ray McCloud.

"It's time now to put on my recruiting Clemson hat and finish this thing off right," Cain said. "I will be focused on that. Ray Ray is first and at the top of my list."

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