Cain put his name on the recruiting map as a junior in Oregon when he posted solid production numbers. His size/speed/athletic combination was impressive enough for the Canes to offer him after a standout senior season at Buchanan High in California. Only Nevada, however, offered him from that part of the country. He was, therefore, one of the most lightly recruited players in Randy Shannon's last full recruiting class at Miami.
Cain earned playing time as a freshman in 2010, and recorded nine tackles in a game against Duke. He played in nine games during Al Golden's first year in 2011, and recorded 20 tackles and one interception. Cain was moved to defensive end before this season and really struggled to make an impact there.
At 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, Cain has ideal speed and athleticism to be able to really get after the quarterback. It never happened, however. In seven games this season Cain had 11 tackles and one sack.
His inability to really make a difference at the defensive end position is one reason why Anthony Chickillo and Shayon Green have played so much. They are almost always on the field for the Hurricanes, pointing to a lack of depth at the position.
UM was hoping Cain could provide a spark as a pass rusher in third down situations but it never happened. Freshman Tyriq McCord has earned that role, while freshman Jelani Hamilton seemed to emerge as the team's fourth defensive end in recent weeks.
All four of those players will return next season, and the Canes will have Jake O'Donnell and Dwayne Hoilett coming off redshirt seasons. The future for Cain, a junior in 2011, didn't look real promising at Miami.
Cain's departure means the Canes are now without 13 of the 29 players that Shannon and his staff signed in his final recruiting class here. To put it nicely, that was obviously a terrible recruiting class with several poor evaluations, and it's a big reason why the Hurricanes have struggled so much this season with depth and inexperience.