The UND Football program has received a commitment from DB Ryan Cain of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Cain, 6′-0″-180lbs, played multiple positions for the Warriors and was very dangerous on kick returns, as evidenced in this highlight tape. The Warriors finished the season 8-4. Cain had 3 INT’s in his senior season but missed the first 4 games of the season with a broken collarbone injury. Head Coach Tony Lombardi’s Warriors finished the season 8-4 on the season and lost to Cedar Falls in the Class 4A quarterfinals.
We see Cain playing safety in college due to the Sioux having a need at that position in coming years. He played both corner and safety in high school and that will help his coverage skills at the collegiate level. While he doesn’t seem to be an overly physical player on film, he shows good coverage techniques which is a credit to his coaches at George Washington High School. He also shows good instincts and “feel” which is requisite for the defensive back spot and is a pretty solid tackler. Cain hails from the same conference as current UND player Jer Garman.
It should be noted that per Rivals.com, Cain chose UND over offers from MVFC members South Dakota and Northern Iowa. Cedar Falls (UNI) is only 60 miles away from Cedar Rapids, so UND literally got one from the Panther’s back yard this time. This has proven to be a very difficult task to accomplish for UND in the past.
Cain is the 14th known verbal commitment to the 2012 recruiting class and the 1st prep commitment from the state of Iowa.