TAMPA — Tampa Bay Tech junior quarterback Deon Cain, a four-star recruit and one of the nation’s top college prospects, verbally committed to Clemson on Friday, choosing the Tigers over Florida, Miami, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.
“I just felt like Clemson was home for me,” Cain said.
Cain, who has already accepted an invitation to play in the 2015 Army All-American Game and received offers from more than two dozen schools, said he will play receiver for the Tigers. Cain was recruited at the quarterback position, but also receiver and overall athlete.
“I wanted to make sure that with my talents I would be able to go to the next level at receiver or quarterback or anything, but I think with that type of offense that Clemson runs and my talent and being in that offense, I could go far,” Cain said.
This past season, Cain threw for 1,945 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushed for 731 yards and four touchdowns. Though he’s played primarily quarterback during his career, he starred at receiver last summer on Tampa’s Unsigned Preps 7-on-7 team.
Schuerman named state’s best softball coach
Bloomingdale softball coach Mandy Schuerman was voted the Florida Dairy Farmers 2014 Softball Coach of the Year, awarded annually to the top coach in the state. Schuerman, in her first year as head coach, guided the Bulls to a 28-3 record and the Class 8A state title, the program’s first since 1993.
Schuerman, also the 8A Coach of the Year and Tribune’s Softball and Female Coach of the Year, becomes the first softball coach from Hillsborough County to win the Dairy Farmers award since it began in 1993.