Sometimes when an athlete is on the hunt for a new team, it might actually be about wanting a change in his life journey. Tyler Cain is doing just that by transferring from Navy.
Cain has a toughness built from birth as a Beaver Falls High School product from Western Pennsylvania. His year at a service academy like Navy only strengthened even more. It’s possible West Virginia could benefit from that toughness, sending the linebacker a PWO (preferred walk-on) offer recently.
WVSN spoke to Cain about what exactly led him to decide to leave Navy and what his conversations with the West Virginia coaching staff have been like.
“They said they wanted me and loved that I came out. They said I can make an impact on the team and would love to have me,” says Cain about what he’s heard from WVU and his visit to Morgantown.
A player who only receives a PWO offer without any guarantees may feel slighted or as if the program doesn’t truly want him, but Cain seems to be confident in WVU believing he can be an asset to the them.
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Cain has other options though, although he’s keeping those close to the vest right now, meaning the WVU program has to sell him on what they bring to the table too. It sounds as if they did just that and then some. “What stood out was just how all the coaches approached me and remembered me from my last visit and seen how much bigger I got and said how much they’d love to have me,” Cain again echoed the positive words he’s hearing from West Virginia.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Cain is deciding if WVU is the right place for him. Cain admitted it came down to WVU and Navy after his senior year of high school. He decided to go the military route, but a change in a rule triggered his desire to transfer.
When asked why he decided to move on from Navy, Cain was upfront and honest. “Government passed a bill where people from service academy can’t go pro. That’s my end goal in life and I wanna reach that. Being at navy was starting to make me lose the love for the game,” Cain expressed.
Now thanks to the Transfer Portal, Cain gets a redo of sorts to be able to become a Mountaineer and call Milan Puskar Stadium his home field. But no matter what path Cain takes in life or football, West Virginians and members of Mountaineer Nation respect a blue collar toughness, something Cain has in bunches. A player who has been tested, both mentally and physically at Navy, is also usually someone who won’t be discouraged by a PWO status situation either.
Betting on a man like Cain is likely a wise decision.