Lake Conference spotlight: Eden Prairie running back Will Rains

  • Updated: August 26, 2014 - 7:30 PM
hide

After overcoming injuries while rushing for nearly 1,400 yards at Eastview last season, Will Rains will play this season for Eden Prairie: “It’s a new opportunity for me to get ready for college.”

Photo: CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com,

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

Will Rains burst onto the scene two years ago as a punishing running back for Eastview. He caught the attention of recruiters by barreling over defenders for more than 1,500 yards while leading the Lightning to the Class 6A state tournament.

Then a nicked-up junior season, most notably an injured ankle, left the stocky ball carrier reeling. He still rushed for nearly 1,400 yards and had the Lightning back in the state tournament. But the previous season’s explosiveness was missing.

He is trying to rejuvenate a once-promising future with a change of scenery. Rains has left the Lightning program to be the featured back at perennial power Eden Prairie, just like he was at Eastview. The Eagles have won the past three big-school state championships. Under longtime successful coach Mike Grant, they have earned the distinction as the state’s highest-profile team on a national basis.

“It was a very hard decision,” said Rains, who scored more than 35 touchdowns during his career with the Lightning. “Eden Prairie has a very good program. They are very confident in what they do. It’s a new opportunity for me to get ready for college.”

The 5-foot-10, 207-pound Rains, primarily a north-south runner, has been working hard on his lateral quickness.

“I’m at my best running downhill,” Rains said. “I have good vision, and see the field very well.”

Rains’ role model is Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. But as Rains said, “I’m not like him at all.”

He would like nothing better than an opportunity to play in Division I, ideally in the Big Ten Conference. An outstanding senior season at his new school could significantly enhance his chances.

“I’ve always wanted to make it to the next level,” Rains said.

RON HAGGSTROM

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Atlanta - LP: J. Teheran 2 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels 9
Washington 0 FINAL
Miami 8
Boston 4 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Detroit 2 FINAL
Houston 3
Toronto - WP: C. Hynes 9 FINAL
Boston - LP: D. Hinojosa 7
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Norberto 3 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: C. Whitley 0
St. Louis 5 FINAL
NY Mets 4
Los Angeles 4 FINAL
Kansas City 4
LA Angels 1 FINAL
Oakland 4
San Diego 8 FINAL
Chicago WSox 2
Chicago WSox 12 FINAL
Seattle 4
Cleveland 2 FINAL
San Francisco 5
Milwaukee 7 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 11
Arizona 3 FINAL
Cincinnati 0
Texas 4 FINAL
Colorado 10
Pittsburgh 3 FINAL
Baltimore 3
Detroit 78 FINAL
Charlotte 102
Philadelphia 93 FINAL
Washington 106
San Antonio 103 FINAL
Orlando 91
Indiana 87 FINAL
Boston 100
Brooklyn 100 FINAL
New York 98
Chicago 91 FINAL
Milwaukee 95
Dallas 135 FINAL
Oklahoma City 131
Sacramento 111 FINAL
Houston 115
Toronto 113 FINAL
Minnesota 99
Denver 84 FINAL
Utah 98
LA Clippers 126 4th Qtr 0:02
Portland 122
New Orleans 105 4th Qtr 3:25
LA Lakers 86
Toronto 3 FINAL
Buffalo 4
Philadelphia 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 1
Edmonton 1 FINAL
Anaheim 5
Colorado 0 3rd Prd 15:09
San Jose 1
Loyola-Chicago 63 FINAL
ULM 62
UCLA 69 FINAL
Michigan 65
Temple 58 FINAL
West Virginia 66

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Who are you rooting for in the NCAA Final Four?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close