College recruiting is an inexact science as all programs find out on a yearly basis.
Some players that coaches believe are can’t miss prospects never pan out, while other players that don’t get heavily recruited and hold a ton of offers turn out to be really good players.
When you look at the tape and statistics of some players, you wonder why they aren’t getting more college attention. 2022 linebacker/tight end Tyler Cain is one of those players.
Last season for the Class 2A WPIAL Champion Beaver Falls Tigers, Cain finished the season with 66 tackles, five tackles for loss, three interceptions and averaged 17.5 yards per catch on offense. Keep in mind, Cain put up these statistics on defense playing next to Josh Hough, who’s heading to play for Syracuse. Along with his accomplishments on the field, Cain also carries a 3.8 GPA in the classroom.
2020 junior season highlights 66 tackles 1 sack 5 tfl 3 ints (led team in picks) 4 catches 70 yards 17.5 ypc 3tds all conference tight end and outside linebacker wpial champion 💍 https://t.co/5pKRnHoXqL
— tyler cain (@tylercain08) December 2, 2020
Surprisingly, Cain is sitting here in April looking for his first Division I offer.
Pittsburgh Sports Now had the chance to talk with Cain, who’s not worrying too much about college recruiting and is instead focused on improving himself individually and is instead motivated by winning another WPIAL Championship for the Tigers football program.
“For the past three months, my teammates and I have been really working hard lifting weights,” said Cain. “I’ve had basketball till February so I just started lifting a month and a half ago. As a team, we’re just so focused on the weight room and we’ve had so many kids make so many gains during this time. We’re just so focused on winning another championship. As a team we’re so dedicated. A bunch of kids want to get another ring, especially the incoming freshman. We have some freshman coming in with the goal of starting, I see so much dedication.”
“My personally, last year I felt like I had a good season. I played weakside linebacker and had close to 70 tackles, third highest on the team and I led the team in interceptions. I think I did pretty well but I know I can improve. The thing I’m working on this off-season is my speed. I’m strong, I’m built (six-foot-three, 225-pounds) and want to improve my speed. I remember during my freshman and sophomore season, I went to the Pitt camp and ran a 4.8. My goal now is cut that down to a 4.6, around that area.”
In order to work on that speed and other areas of his game, Cain called the training staff at Game Changers Training located in East Liverpool, Ohio. Coach Dudley and his staff work with boys and girls from Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to help them work on strength, speed and agility.
— GameChangers Training (@CoachAmeer) April 6, 2021
“I really like going to him,” said Cain. “I just started going there and after my first day, my legs felt so sore, my hips felt so much better and I felt so loose. The coaches have really been focusing on me and getting me right. I just feel really good. Coach believes I’m going to be a high D-I recruit and is going to focus on my core, my agility and my hips, which is going to help me run more faster than I am right now. Coach Dudley really knows what he’s talking about, he knows what he’s doing.”
Cain obviously would like to be holding college offers now but truly believes it’s just a matter of time. While he’s not stressing out about things, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t check out his phone from time to time for any messages from coaches.
“I have been looking at my phone a lot. I remember a bit ago, the defensive coordinator from Akron was talking to me and was also hearing from Harvard and Princeton too. The coach at Memphis just looked at my film and said you’re a stud. I’m just waiting for that one day when someone is going to say this is your first offer. I think when that first offer comes, many more will come right after that.”
“When I get that first offer, I’m going to be excited obviously, but I’m also going to be very humble about it too. I’m not going to blow up everyone’s phone and say ‘hey I got this offer, look at this’, I’m going to stay humble and stay the course and keep working.”