"Everything with North Dakota State started when I reached out to them when I decided to transfer from Illinois," Illinois wide receiver transfer Desmond Cain said to the BisonReport. "There were a couple of schools I sent my film to, and the Bison being one of the only schools to reach back. I then started talking with their wide receiver coach, Atif Austin, and then NDSU actually offered me a scholarship, and that was about two or three weeks ago now. I got the visit setup to NDSU this past weekend, and my father came with me, which was a big factor. I had a chance to see the facilities, talk with their academics team, which was a big part for me, with being a transfer student. NDSU has everything Illinois has in terms of facilities, if not more. NDSU also had my exact major of communication, and they had everything laid out in terms of my academic plan. I want to go into broadcasting with that major, but I want to be more behind the scenes, and it's just something I've always wanted to be around."
"On my visit, I spent a lot of time with the offensive coordinator and wide receiver coach," Cain explained. "Their OC said that he's excited how everyone works hard there, but what stood out to me most, was he told me that I'm not a starter there, just because where he comes from, I still need to work and that's the type of guy I am. I haven't been handed anything since I was a kid, and I want to keep it that way. The wide receiver coach talked about how things work there. There's high expectations and everyone demands players hold each other responsible for their actions. Football comes easy, but it's all the time you put in before, like in workouts. When I spoke with the head coach, Chris Klieman, he gave me some things to look at as I walked around the campus and interacted with the other guys on the team. He just really influenced me to ask questions and every one I asked, they answered. As far as my commitment, it's a funny story, I was playing Madden with my boy Ke, and we were talking about me committing, and he was letting me know he was excited for me and it just pumped me up. I couldn't wait to announce it and let the coaches know. Coach Klieman had to pause the game with his two sons when I told him, and he was excited."
Cain thinks he'll be a great fit for the North Dakota State offense.
"As far as how the coaches want to use for me the next two years, they want to do it in many ways, so I don't want to say much as I want it to be a little bit of a surprise, but it's going to be great and not only for me, but the other guys in the position group. I want Bison fans to know that I'm excited to be a part of the Bison family, and I'll hopefully be enrolling in May, and if not then, definitely in the summer."