North Dakota State is a bonafide dynasty in the FCS.
The Division-II juggernaut has made a name for itself as a mean, green (and yellow), footballing team machine. On top of recruiting players right out of high school, the school often relies on talent that didn’t pan out at FBS schools and are looking for a reboot.
After Carson Wentz was selected No. 2 overall in the NFL draft, the school found legitimacy among top recruits who didn’t fit into the plans of traditional Power Five conference teams.
On Monday, former Illinois wide-receiver Desmond Cain became the newest member of the NDSU football team.
While at Illinois, Cain exploded in his freshman season, hauling in 53 receptions for 492 yards. However, injuries and disagreements with the new coaching staff caused him to announce his intent to transfer on Dec. 1.
The likeliest reason Cain ultimately decided on North Dakota State, though, is that he won’t be forced to sit out a year per NCAA transfer rules.
Because he is making the jump from FBS to FCS, Cain will be eligible to play immediately.
If he is able to light it up at the FCS level, he plays at a school with enough presence and publicity to turn himself into a viable middle-round prospect. However, if he continues to be plagued with injuries, it might be curtains on a football career after college.