- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
The MAC is tired of getting picked on.
That is what Toledo coach Matt Campbell told Timothy Cason II a few weeks ago (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston).
While Campbell would like Cason in his 2014 class, he was not ready to accept Cason’s commitment at the end of January despite several Big Ten schools also pursuing Cason -- and that is partly the reason. Cason tried to commit after a junior day visit Jan. 26.
“They sat us down and I talked to the head coach and they liked me a lot and offered and I tried to commit that day, and they said to take some time,” Cason said. “They think my recruitment’s going to build up and they don’t want me to be a guy who’s gonna decommit and commit elsewhere. So they want me to wait until the end of the summer, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
Cason said there are no hard feelings with Toledo, although he admits he’s a little disappointed.
“I was frustrated because I couldn’t commit and I really wanted to commit at the time. They made me feel like if I committed there it’d be perfect,” he said. “Now I’m trying to just get bigger and better.”
Michigan State is high on 6-foot, 178-pound athlete, although the Spartans have not officially tendered a scholarship. The coaches want to see him camp during the summer before deciding on an offer.
Darrell Funk of Michigan was in to see Cason at his school during the contact period, and the Wolverines are beginning to recruit the in-state junior.
“Coach Funk came to my school to talk to me and said [secondary] Coach [Curt] Mallory really likes my film and to give him a call, but he’s been busy.”
Cason visited Ball State on Tuesday and is heading to Western Michigan, which offered Monday, on Thursday. He will go to Purdue this coming weekend for its first big junior day under coach Darrell Hazell.
Boilermakers recruiting assistant Kevin Maurice has been the one staying in touch with Cason. Maurice is the lone holdover from the former coaching staff.
“They said they really like my film and they see I’m a fast kid,” Cason said. “I’m going on the visit, see the game, see the facilities, see if it’s a home and ask questions about their [engineering] programs.
“I want to ask a lot of questions because when it comes down to picking a school I want to be sure.”
So does Toledo.
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