"I thought about winning a state championship the whole time," Bain said. "All through the spring and summer, it helped motivate us. We had gotten so close and now it was our time but we realized it was one game at a time."
Ely got off to an excellent start last season by defeating St. Thomas Aquinas in the season opener. STA's top defender was Tavares Gooden.
"They had him playing linebacker," he said. "He was so used to just rushing the passer that he was out of place at times. But you could just tell how athletic he was. He was strong, he's fast, and he made plays that most guys don't make."
Bain, a full academic qualifier, is now getting ready to begin his career as a Hurricane.
"I can't wait," he said. "I've waited a long time for this. Playing college football is going to be a lot of fun and playing at Miami, it doesn't get any better than that."
The standout lineman said he plans to start out at offensive guard.
"I want to go in there in really good shape," he said. "And I want to keep my strength up. Looking at the charts in the weight room, I think I have a chance to be the strongest guy on the team."
Bain said getting a chance to work with Coach Kehoe is going to be a lot of fun.
"Coach Kehoe's hilarious," he said. "He's a guy that I'd want to play for. I know he'll bring out the best in all of us."
Running back Tyrone Moss said he was glad to have Bain up front blocking for him the last few years.
"Andrew's great," Moss said. "He just runs people over when he's blocking. He weighs over 300 pounds but he's always pulling and blocking downfield and stuff. I like that about him too."
Now it's time to begin preparing for life as a Hurricane.
"Hopefully I'll be able to challenge people," he said. "They've got a lot of guys coming back but I'm going in there to compete. I want to help keep the winning tradition alive. Once I tasted championship this year, I want to keep tasting it. I don't want to win one or two [titles], I want to win four or five while I'm there."
By landing players like Bain, the Hurricanes are well on their way to putting together that type of team.
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