Illinois DT Ryan Bain (6-2, 262, 4.8) from Bolingbrook is making the transition this season to MLB. "I need to work on my steps being closer at MLB, and I'm sure there's other things too…you can never stop getting better," said Bain. "And as far as what position I play in college, I could care less, just as long as I'm on the defensive side of the ball and playing." Of the ten programs he's visited, four stand out: Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska and Purdue. All have offered and Ryan denies a leader.
"Coaches have to know that so far everybody's even--even those places that are offering that I haven't visited yet," said Bain. "And really…there's no reason for them to think otherwise. I need time to look at these things on an individual basis. But it wasn't until I visited Wisconsin and Michigan St that I really began to look at my choices.
"I'd say I like Wisconsin because I'll have the opportunity of playing early. I like coach (John) Palermo…he's the hard-nosed throwback-type coach. And coach (Barry) Alvarez is pretty down to earth. I also like the academic support that is part of this program.
"Iowa has a great coaching staff and coach (Chris) Doyle is a great coach. I heard from one of the players and read somewhere that 'he develops average players into good players and good players into great ones'…he just makes things happen. They also have great academic support.
"Even though the coaching staff is pretty new at Nebraska, it's a good coaching staff to get along with. Even though I try not to focus so much on that aspect of a program, because for many programs the coaching staff situation changes every year, but it seems like a real family over there. Coaches (John) Blake, (Bill) Callahan and (Kevin) Cosgrove are all great guys.
"Coach (Mark) Hagen of Purdue is a great DL coach and recruiter. The school itself has a great tradition of taking DTs and making them MLBs."
"I just really want to go to a school that will use me as a player…I don't want to be ridin' the bench. I've gotten a lot better in my pass coverage and basic football speed. My mindset is towards football as an entire game and I don't think any other strength could be better than that."