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The Dotted Line: Noah Cain, Demond Demas include Texas among top schools

Posted August 1st, 2018


One of the top prospects remaining on the 2019 recruiting board is running back Noah Cain. The former Denton Ryan star now performs at IMG Academy (Fla.), splitting carries with five-star Trey Sanders, who also holds an offer from the Longhorns.

Cain, because of his Texas roots, feels like a more realistic target for Texas. Tom Herman’s program has yet to gain a commitment from a 2019 running back after signing only one player at the position in 2018.

Cain named Texas among his final six schools, alongside Oklahoma, LSU, Penn State, Ohio State and Auburn. Cain was born in Louisiana. He moved to Denton as a kid and became an instant star at Ryan as a freshman and sophomore. The 5-10, 205-pound running back was the District 5-6A offensive newcomer of the year as a freshman and a second-team all-state selection as a sophomore. He moved to Florida before his junior season.

The ideal scenario for Texas includes Cain and Sanders, but that is likely a pipe dream. The duo has discussed continuing to share a backfield at the college level and Texas is one of the schools pursuing the pair. Sanders is leaning toward Alabama, however, and that means Texas must find a way to get Cain on board or a Plan B must be found. The only in-state running back with a UT offer is Katy’s Deondrick Glass, a Fabulous 55 member.

Top 2020 wide receiver names Texas a finalist

Recruiting is as much a sprint as it is a marathon under the new rules, which allow juniors to take official visits in the spring instead of waiting until the fall of their senior season. This, combined with the early signing period, means the class of seniors is nearly completely recruited before their senior season. Texas holds 15 commitments for 2019 and its remaining targets are essentially known. That means the focus starts to shift toward 2020 and one of the top targets in the entire nation is Houston North Forest wide receiver Demond Demas, who ranked No. 2 on the Next 25.

Demas, who has already received more than 40 offers, is narrowing down his options before the start of his senior season. He released a top five that included Texas, Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia and Oklahoma. His North Forest teammate, offensive tackle Javonne Shepherd, committed to the Longhorns last weekend, which puts Texas in great shape. The 6-4 Demas is a freak athlete who won the long jump at the Class 4A state track and field meet.

Five-star defensive tackle remains high on Texas

Its always a long shot to get top talents in Louisiana to spurn LSU. Texas hopes it can leverage the 2018 season to do just that with five-star defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher. Texas missed out on its top in-state target when DeMarvin Leal pledged to Texas A&M early in the cycle. Sopsher won’t announce until national signing day in February, but recently included Texas among his top schools.

The Longhorns are one of seven schools on the list, which includes LSU and Texas A&M. LSU is the safe bet anytime it wants an in-state prospect — no school in the country does a better job keeping the best in-state talent at home. Still, a strong season for Texas coupled with failures by LSU could put the Longhorns in contention down the stretch.

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