Cincinnati (Ohio) Winton Woods junior defensive tackle Daniel Cage has had a productive winter, and now stands at seven total scholarship offers. His most recent tender came from a Big Ten program at the end of January.
"I got one from Michigan State about three weeks ago," Cage reported. "They came down and were talking to the coach, and they just offered me."
Assistant Harlon Barnett is Cage's leading recruiter on the Michigan State staff. The 6-foot-3, 275-pound prospect made his way to East Lansing last summer for the Spartan's camp.
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"It's a good facility," Cage said. "I learned a lot from going up there and participating in the camp. It was a real good experience."
Cage's other offers Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Kent State and Bowling Green. He has already attended a junior day at one of those schools, and has another planned for this coming weekend.
"I just recently went to the Illinois junior day," Cage said. "They actually surprised me, honestly. I really liked what I saw, and the fact that they had what I wanted educationally. It was just a great facility and a good location.
"I am planning on going to a game at Indiana this weekend. I'm just [looking at] education and what they have to offer me tutoring-wise and helping me out with schoolwork."
Cage continues to draw new interest from schools across the country and closer to home. He was encouraged by a visit from Ohio State coaches recently.
"Urban Meyer was down here two weeks ago." Cage said. "He couldn't say much, but he was real impressed with my work ethic and really impressed with my tape. I am going to call Coach [Kerry] Coombs later this week and we're going to just touch base on what they thought of my performance."
Although his recruitment started early, Cage is in no rush to make a college selection and plans to evaluate his decision thoroughly.
"I will probably make my final decision at the end of my senior football season," he said. "I plan on going to all the official visits my senior year."