Junior to Watch: Andrew Bain
School: Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely
Position: Offensive guard
Size and Speed: Bain is 6-foot-3 and 343 pounds. He has been timed in the 40-yard dash at 5.15 seconds and he should not have a problem qualifying with a grade point average of 3.6 and a 1010 on the SAT.
Honors: Bain was selected to the all-county and all-state first teams as a junior.
Favorites: Bain’s current favorite team is Miami followed by Florida State, North Carolina State and Florida.
Skinny: In last years recruiting season, Max Jean-Gilles was considered South Florida’s top offensive lineman. Who will hold that honor this year in South Florida? A good answer might be Pompano Beach’s, (Fla.) Ely Andrew Bain. He has already received three early offers from Miami, North Carolina State and Rutgers and he’s getting mail regularly from teams all over the country.
In his high school career, Bain has specialized in opening up massive holes for one the states top rushing attacks. What sets him a part from your average player is his desire to win.
“I hate to lose”, said Bain. “I hate to lose with a serious passion. When I can get the opponents film, I watch it all.”
Not only does this offensive lineman have the desire the win—he also has physical characteristics to get it done on the field. “I have quick feet for a big man,” said Bain. Playing the guard position, I do a lot of pulling. I’m pretty good at both run and pass blocking.”
Not only is Bain a great football player, he’s also an outstanding student. It’s a given that academics are a priority in his choosing of a school. “Academics come first,” Bain said. “I’m not going to a school that doesn’t have my field of Psychology. Any old Psychology program won’t do, and I’m looking at how the different school programs are ranked.”
What does Bain like about each of his favorites?
Miami: “I’ve been studying Miami for the last two years. UM has a great program and I’ve been to several of their games.”
Florida State: “Coach Bobby Bowden is a great coach and person. He’s the person that I would like to play for if I don’t go to Miami.”
North Carolina State: “I have friends that play there like Sterling Hicks and Tramain Hall. Their program is comparable to Florida State’s with less talent.”
Florida: “I like Florida. With Steve Spurrier gone, I’m not sure about their program. I’ll have to wait and see how they do next year.”
Come this January coaches from Bain’s favorite schools will be dialing his area code.