DICKINSON, N.D. -- When Cain Boschee left Kalispell Glacier high school to play football at Dickinson State University under head coach Pete Stanton, no one could have seen what was coming.
Boschee was not heavily recruited in high school and, as Stanton put it, was considered a late bloomer. But once he got on campus in Dickinson, the switch flipped. Boschee left Dickinson State as a two-time all-American on the football field, the program’s record holder in career interceptions (24) and career interception return touchdowns (7).
“(Stanton’s) a good recruiter. He knows how to tell you what you like to hear. He knew exactly how I’d fit into the system and it just really worked for me,” Boschee said. “The playing the game and everything has been fun, but just the memories with some of my friends. Friendships I’ve made that are going to last a lifetime. I still hang out with those guys every single day, still talk about football, still come to all the games now. It was just a lot of good memories here.”
It wasn’t just on the football field where Boschee found success. Boschee won four consecutive North Star Athletic Association outdoor championships in the 100-meter dash and was a conference champion in the 200-meter dash, too.
Boschee’s athletic acumen has attracted scouts from the NFL and CFL. He participated in a pro day with fellow Dickinson State teammate Jay Liggins, who briefly found his way on to an NFL roster. While the NFL may not be in his future, Boschee is staying ready for whatever comes his way.
“I’m still training hoping that I get a phone call or something. I had a good experience with my pro day and getting to talk to some NFL teams. It was just a really good experience. If something happens it happens, if not I’m perfectly satisfied," he said.
That includes the CFL. Boschee has been in touch with coaches in the CFL throughout the offseason but hasn’t had any solid offer to continue playing.
Football is not the end of the road for Boschee, though. He received his degree in exercise science and is searching out graduate programs for physical therapy. Boschee is looking at schools in Texas and on the west coast should his call from the CFL never come.
“I still work out four times a week, still do footwork stuff. Actually came out here with some of the players and did some route stuff, teaching the younger guys. If it doesn’t happen it doesn’t happen,” Boschee said. “If I went to the CFL it would probably be for the next year. If I got into graduate school, I’d be perfectly content just going to grad school and accepting that.”