John Burroughs running back Jake Bain was one of the best backs in the state of Missouri a year ago as a sophomore and is off to a strong start through the first two games of his junior campaign.
“We started off a little slow in the first game but I think we came back really strong in our second game,” Bain said, “and I was able to break some long runs and see the field a little bit better in the second game.”
Bain racked up 2,503 total yards (2,172 rushing, 331 receiving) and scored 31 touchdowns in 15 games as a sophomore in helping the Bombers go 14-1 and win the Missouri Class 3 title.
Through two games this season, the 6-foot, 180-pound speedster has 376 total yards (295 rushing, 81 receiving) and seven touchdowns.
The Bombers were defeated 27-26 by St. Dominic in Week 1 but bounced back with a 44-14 win over Lake Forest Academy in Week 2. Bain did his part in the victory, rushing 21 times for 176 yards and four touchdowns and catching two passes for 81 yards and another score.
“My role has changed a little bit this year," Bain said. "I think I will be moving around more from the backfield, to the slot more, and even to the split out more to get me in some space to make plays. I think we have a great system and we are able to move guys around a lot to put us in different positions to make big plays, especially with how good Tyler (Foote) is going to be this year.”
Tyler Foote, the Bombers’ strong-armed quarterback, is also a Division I prospect and has offers from Yale and Southeast Missouri. Through two games, Foote has completed 64.9 percent of his passes for 468 yards and three touchdowns.
Bain is still waiting on his first offer but has attracted plenty of early interest from schools and performed well on the camp circuit this summer.
“I have heard a lot from Indiana, Vanderbilt, Mizzou, Northwestern, Purdue and Duke so far,” Bain said. “I visited Indiana, Ohio State, Duke, and Vanderbilt over the summer. I also did camps at Indiana, Ohio State and the Nike Opening regionals.”
The Bombers’ last two running backs before Bain turned out to be highly-successful players and highly-recruited prospects.
Ezekiel Elliott was one of the best players in Missouri in 2011 and 2012 before moving on to Ohio State. John Moten transferred to Burroughs before his junior season, put up big numbers in 2013 and 2014 before signing with Northwestern.
Bain proved himself worthy of that lineage a year ago and still has the rest of his junior season and all of his senior campaign to build on that.
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