The class of 2014 is quickly seeing their day come in the college football recruiting picture. Close to 300 prospects in that class already claim Division I scholarship offers. Cincinnati (Ohio) Winton Woods defensive tackle Daniel Cage is on that list.
The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Cage received his first scholarship offer a few weeks back from Illinois.
"I know very little about Illinois, but it was my first offer so I was really excited," Cage said.
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The hometown Cincinnati Bearcats quickly followed with their own scholarship offer for Cage, which he learned about after placing a call to their coaches.
"I had called Coach [Mark] Elder and ended up talking to Coach [Butch] Jones," Cage said. "He is the one who ended up offering me."
Several more schools have been through Winton Woods High this spring showing interest in the rising junior.
"Connecticut seems to be really interested in me," Cage said. "There are a lot, but that is a team that is really showing [strong] interest in me."
Living in the Buckeye State, Cage grew up a fan of Ohio State and is looking to hear more from their coaching staff as his recruitment progresses.
"Ohio State, I just like the way they play," Cage said. "They play together, they play as a team and I like their coaches. Their coaches are real strict."
Cage has plans to camp at Ohio State this summer, and is also planning to attend camps at Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
Cage has the ability to play multiple positions along the defensive line, and teams are waiting to see how he develops during his final two years of high school before pigeonholing him into one spot.
"They say they will determine that based on my athleticism," Cage said. "If I am athletic, they will probably put me at d-end. I think I feel better at nose."