4-Star ATH Deon Cain Sets Decision Date, Will Choose from Top 5

Tyler DonohueNational Recruiting AnalystMay 27, 2014

Credit: 247Sports

Deon Cain is days away from deciding where he plans to play college football, with five programs still in the picture.

The Tampa Bay Tech High School (Tampa, Florida) standout will announce his selection Friday, May 30 at 2:30 p.m. EDT, according to 247Sports reporter Ryan Bartow (via 247Sports' Shea Dixon). His head coach, Jayson Roberts, shared the details and said five teams remain in contention for Cain's commitment.

"He will choose from his Top 5," Roberts said. "Florida, Clemson, Georgia, Tennessee and LSU."

Cain, a 6'1", 190-pound playmaker, is viewed as a versatile prospect capable of playing a variety of positions at the next level.

Rated No. 9 nationally among wide receivers in 247Sports' composite rankings, he is reportedly viewed as a quarterback by LSU. The Tigers extended an offer earlier this month.

Cain completed 49 percent of his 245 pass attempts in 2013, per MaxPreps. The 4-star recruit threw for 1,945 yards, 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

His speed (clocked at 4.40 seconds in the 40-yard dash, per 247Sports) shined when Cain kept the ball as a runner. He averaged more than five yards per carry, rushing for 731 yards and four scores.

Though his high school snaps have occurred almost exclusively behind center, Cain is viewed as a legitimate downfield threat who can grow into his role as a receiver in college.

Jamie Uyeyema of Son of a Coach highlighted his raw receiving skills in a recent scouting report.

Cain did get take reps as a wide receiver at both the Rivals and Nike camps in Orlando. He ran routes against good defensive backs while looking explosive with his routes and flashing outstanding hands. He was a natural hands catcher and attacked the ball in the air.

LSU will compete with SEC rivals Florida, Tennessee and Georgia for his services. Receiver-rich Clemson also remains in the mix.

The decision may ultimately come down to which position he prefers to play. If there's a strong desire toward a particular spot on the field, that would greatly influence his thought process leading up to Friday.

Several notable squads were left off Cain's list of finalists. His lengthy offer sheet also includes Alabama, Miami, Michigan State, Auburn, Ole Miss and Ohio State.

Cain is projected to sign with Clemson by 67 percent of expert predictions in 247Sports' Crystal Ball. Prognosticators view Florida as the Tigers' greatest threat, giving the Gators a nod in 19 percent of picks.


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