Baltimore (Md.) Calvert Hall wide receiver Lawrence Cager has a final group of schools that will have hats on the table Saturday at the Alamo Dome, site of the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Game, as his commitment will go public.
Those who have tracked the 6-foot-5, 195-pounder also know schools like Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Wake Forest were once in the thick of the race for his services. The scenario of selecting four hats for the game is microcosmic of Cager's recruiting process over the last year or so.
Plenty of new teams in, some teams falling out, and then a reshuffle. However, it hasn't slowed nearly every program on his list from making one final plea ahead of Saturday's decision.
"Every school has done that, every school expresses how important I am to the program," Cager said. "How much they want me to play as a freshman and impact the program instantly.
"What really surprised me was Alabama. They are a traditional school, but with Coach (Lane) Kiffin there, he's bringing up some spice. His recruiting tactics lately have been funny. They usually don't have (picture) edits and stuff, they're traditional, but lately he's been doing that. It's surprising. I talk to Coach Kiffin almost every week."
The noted offensive coordinator isn't the only famous coach on staff the Scout three-star has heard from.
"I talk to him the most, but I talked to Coach (Nick) Saban this week, too," Cager said. "Coach Saban just wanted to say something to me before I commit. He wanted to tell me how much Coach Kiffin talks about me everyday when they have recruiting meetings. He wanted to let me know how much we want you at Alabama and how we think you'll have an impact as a freshman.
"All the head coaches and position coaches have been reaching out to me."
Nearly every finalist has an angle here. Tech was the first power five school to offer, extending during his freshman season and not slowing down since. Georgia, in addition to having several commitments courting him in San Antonio, resonates because A.J. Green is his favorite player. Alabama commitments Mekhi Brown and Rico McGraw have also been wearing their recruiting hats around Cager while Miami has been the trendy pick late in the game because of the pass-catcher's desire to play in warm weather.
Two tangibles will come out of Saturday, though. First, he'll make a public commitment without phoning the winning coaching staff. Second, visits are not out of the question after said commitment, which would perhaps be fitting to cap a recruitment like that of Cager's.