Defensive tackle Daniel Cage (Cincinnati/Winton Woods) and his father, Adrian, are still trying to navigate their way through the recruiting process. Cage, a 2014 prospect, already finds himself with offers from Cincinnati and Illinois.
"It was surprising and unexpected, yeah. For him to get offers as a sophomore … it's a blessing," his father said. "Some of these schools just saw his YouTube video and they loved it and offered. I was excited for him."
It says a lot about his level of play if programs are offering just off a highlight film. At 6-foot-3 and 265 pounds, Cage already has good size for his position and has a ton of potential along the line.
Cage says outside of the two schools that have offered he's already hearing from the likes of Michigan, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State. He hasn't done a lot yet with his recruitment, but he was on hand for Michigan's high school camp in Ann Arbor.
"It was a good experience, and I really learned a lot. They taught me technique, how to explode and use my hands," Cage said. "They were saying that I need to work on some things but that they were impressed."
As Cage moves further along in the process he and his father will work together on finding the best fit for Daniel and figuring out what each program has to offer. That will take time and will require visits, and Cage says he would like to see Michigan, Ohio State, Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Illinois and Penn State during the season.
"It's all a learning process for us. The more schools we visit, the better understanding we will have," Cage's father said. "A lot of things are similar in schools, and sometimes the first thing they say is who they put in the NFL and that they've done this or that. That's great, but we're looking for the educational background because you never know what could happen."