Clemson got a big boost to its 2015 class by adding playmaking wide receiver Deon Cain.
The 4-star receiver is considered the ninth-best player at his position and the No. 76 player overall in the 2015 class, according to 247 Sports' composite rankings. He picked up offers from virtually every big school in the southeast, but he decided that he wanted to be a Tiger.
Cain was ready to make a decision right after visiting the school last month. According to Paul Strelow of TigerIllustrated.com, the Florida native explained, "I saw everything I needed to see. It was a great school."
The 6'1" player will now try to become the next in line for what has become a great school for receivers. Position coach Jeff Scott was quick to point out the recent success for Clemson on Twitter:
With good speed and outstanding agility, Cain has the ability to add to this legacy. His quickness to make plays in traffic allows him to score whenever he touches the ball, and he is certain to only get better.
As Jamie Newberg of Scout.com points out, he was a quarterback until this year:
Deon Cain couldn't beat out Deiondre Porter at QB last spring for UnsignedPreps 7 on team. So he switched to WR.Now one of nations very best— Jamie Newberg (@JamieNewberg) May 30, 2014
This gives him an excellent handle of the offense, but it also means that he is quite raw at the position. Still, you can improve route running and learn how to use your body in the air; you cannot teach explosiveness or agility.
The Tigers might go through a bit of a rebuilding year in 2014 after losing so much offensive talent, but there are still quality players on the roster. As a result, it would not be surprising to see it take some time before Cain makes an impact on the field. The good news is that he can be an all-conference performer within a few years.
In order for Clemson to remain a national powerhouse, it needs to keep getting talented players from all areas. Cain's commitment will help ensure more wins and will likely help bring in even more elite recruits in the coming months.
Follow Rob Goldberg on Twitter for the latest breaking news and analysis.