Former Top 100 Recruit, Tennessee Target Enters Transfer Portal

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    Penn State running back Noah Cain entered the transfer portal Wednesday according to Nittany Nation.

    The 5-foot-10, 220 pound running back just finished his third season with Penn State and still has two years of eligibility thanks to NCAA COVID-19 relief.

    Cain broke out as a freshman, running for 443 yards and eight touchdowns on just 84 carries. The small back earned only three carries in the COVID-19 shortened 2021 season, but returned to his productive ways this fall, totaling 350 yards and four touchdowns.

    The former top 100 recruit finished second on the Nittany Lions in carries and rushing yards last season while leading the team in rushing touchdowns. Cain has totaled 166 receiving yards in his two seasons at Happy Valley.

    The Baton Rouge, Louisiana native seriously considered Jeremy Pruitt and the Vols out of high school, with Tennessee earning Cain’s last official visit before the running back picked Penn State.

    Tennessee could be in pursuit of a transfer running back this offseason after talented junior Tiyon Evans transferred to Louisville. The Vols return starter Jabari Small and freshman speedster Jaylen Wright while bringing in four-star power back Justin Williams.

    The Vols have been active but not overly eager in the transfer portal so far this cycle. Tennessee went hard and missed out on talented Albany pass rusher Jared Vearse. The bad news from missing out on Verse didn’t linger long as Josh Heupel and his staff beat out USC and Texas for Wyoming receiver Isaiah Neyor.

    Update: Cain committed to LSU on Thursday. The Vols will see the running back and Brian Kelly on Oct. 8 in Baton Rouge

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