Cain High On The Warhawks

West Monroe running back Tyler Cain relies on a well-placed source when he wants information about ULM football. Get inside Warhawk Nation for this exclusive interview with one of the states most talented athletes.

West Monroe running back Tyler Cain relies on a well-placed source when he wants information about ULM football.

Senior Frank Goodin, once a star West Monroe runner himself, keeps Cain posted about life with the Warhawks.

"I talked to Frank today," Cain told Warhawk Nation on Thursday. "He was telling me about the program. We're really close and went to the same church. He said he has 873 yards to break the ULM rushing record. He'd like for me to try to break it at ULM."

ULM has an offer on the table for Cain, who's also drawing interest from Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, Tulane, Memphis and TCU. Of those, Tech has made a written scholarship offer while Memphis and Tulane have pledged to do the same.

Cain (5-9, 183) offers the well-rounded student-athlete package that first-year ULM coach Todd Berry is recruiting. Cain has a 3.6 grade point average, and he rushed for 1,232 yards on 92 carries with 20 touchdowns as a junior. The versatile threat added 369 receiving yards and five TDs, as well as 386 return yards and two more scores.

"I'm looking at academics first of all," Cain said. "I want to go to a great team that likes to pass and spread it out."

Cain and West Monroe teammate Michael Hunter visited the ULM campus recently. Offensive line coach Vance Vice was his host.

"I talked to the coaches about how I‘d fit into the program and toured the campus," Cain said. "I would like to play for them. But right now, I don't want to make any decisions. It's early and I want to see what happens."

Cain expects to play a larger role in the offense as a West Monroe senior. Last season he shared carries with Teshadi Talton, who will finish his prep career at River Oaks Academy.

"I think I'll be the every down back," he said. "I'll run the ball and play some fullback. Catch some passes. I'll have my work cut out for me this year."

Cain is running track this summer and keeping in shape in the heralded West Monroe weight program. He's also doing individual work to improve his speed and agility. Cain attended the Nike camp in Arlington, Texas earlier this summer and went to camps at Mississippi State and Tulane. In two weeks, he'll compete at the LSU 7-on-7 camp.

"Some of the schools are recruiting me at running back," Cain said. "Others are looking at me as a slot receiver and kick returner/punt returner. I'd love to play running back, but I like catching the ball too."

As Cain considers his options, he'll weigh the words of his buddy Goodin regarding ULM.

"He told me he loves it at ULM," Cain said. "No complaints. He said likes everything and Coach Berry is a good guy. He said they like me a lot and I would be a perfect fit."

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