Good things come to those who wait and the home town ULM Warhawks are the beneficiary of landing the regions top offensive player in West Monroe athlete Tyler Cain.
Cain, (5'9 180) is well put together and has the ability to maintain his balance and speed when would be tacklers attempt to bring him down. Accelerating quickly and bouncing off defenders led to Cain landing multiple scholarship offers.
"I really like this community", said Cain. It means a lot to me for my family to be able to come and see me play football".
"I weighed my options and this was the perfect time for me to commit".
The Warhawks didn't waste anytime jumping on the Cain sweepstakes as their offer went out right after Cain's junior season. "ULM offered me back in February or March of last season", said Tyler.
It didn't hurt to have a former Rebel already in the ULM system to get advice from either. Frank (Goodin) and I talked a lot. He told me that ULM is a great place to be and it would be a great spot for me".
"Coach Berry is a genuine person and he's straightforward. That's something you appreciate".
Cain had himself one heck of a career at West Monroe. Three trips to the state championship game and a state title in 2009.
A first team all district and All state selection in 2010.
Cain torched opposing defenses in 2010 rushing for a career best 1,602 yards and scoring 23 touchdowns on the ground. In the air he tallied 193 more yards on 23 catches with 3 more scores.
Cain had outburst of 241 yards against Barbe and 267 against Captain Shreve, both Rebel victories.
As a Junior Tyler topped the thousand yard mark with 1,232 yards on 119 carries and scored 16 touchdowns. He added another 20 receptions for 403 yards and four more scores.
Cain left West Monroe with some pretty staggering career numbers. 314 rushing attempts for 2,981 yards and 42 touchdowns on the ground. 50 receptions for 781 yards and 10 more touchdowns.
Cain also was used in the kickoff and punt return game. Throw those numbers in and Tyler ended his Rebel career with 4,570 yards of total offense and 52 touchdowns. All this at the states highest level of competition and one of the toughest districts in 1-5A
I can tell those guys at ULM are serious about turning this program around. They were one point away from a bowl game in his first season last year. I can contribute to what it takes to what it takes to get to that level".
It turns out Coach Vance Vice has been a busy coach this off season as he is credited with landed the services of Tyler.
"Coach Vice has been on me for a while", joked Cain. He would be the one to call me and when I visited games he would be the one to welcome me. He was a big factor in my decision as well".
Cain is an excellent student as well holding down a 3.7 GPA and scoring a 24 on his ACT.
Director of Scout.com Scott Kennedy personally evaluated Tyler Cain and had this to say about the tailback.
There's no doubting Cain's toughness as he plays running back for his West Monroe team and is willing to go between the tackles whenever called upon. It's not unheard of that a player his size remains at running back, but it's much more likely that he plays receiver on the college level. He's fast and tough to bring down in the open field. His best position would be in the slot where he could get one on one match ups - Scott Kennedy, Scout.com.
Tyler reports a 4.47 forty time back in the summer but consistently is in the gym working to improve on that and his overall strength.
With Cain the Warhawks pickup their second local standout prospect. Ouachita WR Justin Ginyard committed to the Warhawks back in the summer of 2010.
"Me and Justin have actually known each other since we were little playing sports. We are going to run and workout together tonight.
Asked if Justin might get the upper hand on the bench press tonight Cain laughed it off. "He's not out benching me, no way", joked Cain.
Tulane, Memphis, Louisiana Tech, and other state schools had also offered Tyler.