Florida impresses Cain and his mother

Receiver Deon Cain (6-1, 190, Tampa, FL Tech) has been to Florida twice in the last month but Saturday was different as his mother was on campus with him to watch Florida scrimmage.

Cain’s mother is a big part of Cain’s recruitment and the Florida coaches took notice of that and spoke alone with here.

“It was great, I had a good time,” Cain said. “When we first got there we was sitting there watching the scrimmage, after that we got to eat with the coaches. I brought my mother with me so she could get used to the coaches, so the coaches were talking to her a lot. Coach [Will] Muschamp and Coach [Joker] Phillips talked to her about everything and while she was doing that I was chilling with the players so my mother could learn more about the school.”

So did Florida’s coaches make a good impression on her? Cain thinks they did as his mother was raving about the visit on the car ride home.

“When we got in the car she told me she loved it,” Cain said. “My brother goes there so she already knows about the education at Florida and she just wanted to learn about the athletic side. She told me that me being a Gator would be good with her.  I know if she loved it than there must be something good about the Gators.”

Cain, like many of the other offensive prospects, has been hearing about Kurt Roper’s new offense and on Saturday he got to see it in action.

“The offense was more up-tempo during the scrimmage,” Cain said. “I like how they are more fast pace and they are starting to pass the ball a lot more. It’s a good offense for a receiver to play in.”

After the scrimmage was over Cain had the chance to sit down with Joker Phillips who talked with him more about the offense.

“Coach Phillips was just trying to tell me that they need more playmakers on the offensive side of the ball,” Cain said. “He said that this offense is perfect for me and that I can make plays from the beginning if I come here.”

When Cain finished talking with Phillips he headed up to Will Muschamp’s office where he received a big message from the head coach.

“Coach Muschamp was like I have been wanting you since you were a freshman in high school,” Cain said. “He said that he’s been trying to change the offense and now that he has, he needs more playmakers like me. He said that he needs me and that with my speed and mobility I can make plays for him. It was a huge message from him.”

In recruiting everybody has an opinion and most people’s opinion was that Florida State was Cain’s leader but he says, not so fast.

“Everybody says FSU is my leader but I’m open right now,” Cain said. “I’m just now taking my visits so I’m just now seeing other schools but Florida made a big impression on me.”

Next up for Cain will be visits around the southeast and Florida could also see a quick return trip from the talented receiver.

“I’m trying to set up a Clemson visit, a Georgia visit and one to Tennessee and FSU,” Cain said. “My mom was telling me that we will probably come back up for the spring game.”

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.


  1. Spivey, it sure sounds like to me that we just leap-frogged FSU. I was unaware that Can’s brother already attends UF. Would you say that Cain had been leaning FSU b/c of our old offense, and now with Roper and the new up-tempo offense Florida is the team to beat for Cain? Bringing his mother had to be important too don’t you think? I feel like we are trending here. Last question, aside from Campbell, is Cain #1 on our board at WR?