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Faxes In: Daniel Cage

Feb 5, 2014, 8:25 AM EDT

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The first surprise of the morning goes Notre Dame’s way, with Cincinnati native Daniel Cage sending his fax to Notre Dame instead of Michigan State. The decision wraps up a whirlwind recruitment that lands the Irish another much needed defensive tackle in the recruiting class.

Winton Woods (Cincinnati, OH)

Measurables: 6-2, 305

Accolades: 3-Star Rivals, 4-Star 247Sports Composite No. 300, Scout 4-Star, No. 15 DT.

Impressive Offers: Michigan State, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee

Projected Position: Defensive Tackle

Quick Take: Cage’s offer came after Matt Dickerson de-committed from the Irish, allowing new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder to reevaluate the depth up front for Notre Dame. Credit the work the coaching staff did in short order to turn Cage from a guy all but heading to Michigan State into one of the first faxes to arrive in South Bend this morning. Cage was originally committed to Charlie Strong at Louisville.

Stout enough to project as a two-gap nose guard, Cage will enter Notre Dame to life-after-Louis-Nix, giving him as good of a shot as any to play and play early.

What he means to Irish: Added a productive player at a position that could’ve been dangerously thin. While Jarron Jones seemed to take to the nose guard spot, adding Cage and Pete Mokwuah (and maybe Courtney Garnett) to the group are key building blocks for the future.

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  1. fnc111 - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Seemed like an easy decision. ND > MSU every time.

  2. alsatiannd - Feb 5, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    And he’s unlikely to Vanderdont on us. South Bend is closer to his hometown than East Lansing, and the weather’s better too. ND almost never gets to say that. (Honestly if that one about the weather isn’t terribly true, that just means you have to sell it harder).

  3. notredameirish1980 - Feb 5, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Signing Cage is huge (pun fully intended).

  4. sfspider - Feb 5, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    FNC, I think your comment undervalues the HUGE last minute push the Irish recruting staff made here. Don’t look now, but MSU went 13-1 and ended the season ranked 3rd in the country after a huge win in the Rose bowl. We eked out a win against Rutgers in late December in a game watched only by the fans of the two teams on the field. Great get ND staff!

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