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Jake Bain '18

August 7, 2017

Jake Bain '18 was featured on the 8.07.17 stltoday.com website. "Jake Bain wanted to feel the burn, but he wasn't in the weight room. The senior running back for the John Burroughs football team, Bain was in the stands. He watched Miller Career power its way to the Class 3 state semifinals after it eliminated then-defending champion Burroughs in the first round of districts. It was Bain's way of keeping the pain and frustration of a season-ending loss fresh. 'It was tough. I followed Miller Career until they were done,' Bain said. 'It was tough seeing them play, seeing them on the field with their pads on while ours are hanging up in the locker room.' Burroughs' title defense was a season of frustration. The Bombers went 4-7, lost three games by a combined eight points and another by seven points. Bain, 18, saw his production drop significantly as a junior. He rushed for 842 yards and 10 touchdowns. As a sophomore, behind a senior-laden offensive line, he powered his way to 2,172 yards and 21 touchdowns as Burroughs won the program's 10th state title. To throw salt in the wound, Bain's college recruiting didn't pick up the way he hoped it would. It wasn't a slow burn. There was hardly any burn. 'It was a little challenging for me. There were a lot of ups and downs,' Bain said. 'I had a lot of colleges tell me they were really interested in me and some of them followed through and some of them didn't. It was tough mentally.' He kept the faith because so many people have faith in him. Even when it felt like nothing would come his way he had support.  'I have a great supporting cast behind me — my coaches, my family always telling me things will come,' Bain said. 'It was tough, but it was definitely worth it.' Bain checks in at No. 20 on the Post-Dispatch's Super 30 countdown of the area's top senior college football prospects. At 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, Bain has good size. He has sprinters speed, which he has displayed the past two springs as Burroughs has claimed back-to-back Class 3 track and field state championships. He's got great hands as he caught a combined 46 passes for 720 yards and eight touchdowns as sophomore and junior. An all-around standout athlete, Bain waited for the phone to ring and his inbox to fill — only it didn't happen. What made it harder was many of his friends are spearheading the area's talent boom which has caught the eye of the nation's top-tier coaches. As his buddies were being courted by the powerful programs Bain had to sit and wait for someone to take a chance on him. 'All my friends are a group of guys that are highly touted athletes with all kinds of offers,' Bain said. 'It was tough seeing them get offers but hey, I love those guys and I'm glad for them. Finally I got my own.' Indiana State was the first to offer Bain a scholarship. He took a visit this summer and verbally committed to play for the Sycamores. It's a sweet relief for Bain to know he has a home waiting on him at the next level. It's been his dream to play college football since he was a tyke running up and down the sidelines as Burroughs' ball boy for his grandfather, Burroughs coaching legend Jim Lemen. Lemen was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in January of 2016. 'It was a culmination I've been putting in the last four years,' Bain said. 'To finally have that fulfillment and my dreams are coming to reality it was an awesome feeling.' Bain is worry-free headed into his senior season. A year after one of the more challenging seasons in recent Burroughs history, Bain and the Bombers are eyeing a return to glory. Or at least a return to the program's weighty expectations. Burroughs had its streak of six consecutive state semifinal appearances broken. In that span the Bombers won one championship and finished as the runner-up four times. To be one and done in the playoffs is something that just doesn't happen when you play for the blue and gold. 'It's definitely made us more hungry to want to get back to the previous years we've had a lot of success,' Bain said. As a sophomore Bain was wide-eyed and inexperienced and relied on the seniors to show him the way. They did all the way to the state title. Now, as a senior, he feels its his responsibility to make the underclassmen feel as comfortable as he can as they chase their team goals. 'All I can do now is take everything I've learned from the seniors before me and make sure these younger guys know they have a place where they can come and talk to anybody,' Bain said. 'It's definitely a huge leadership role for me that I'm excited to take on.'"