Cage Talks Spartans Weekend

Ohio four-star defensive tackle Daniel Cage finally made his official visit to Michigan State over the weekend and recaps his experience with

With the days counting down to National Signing Day, Daniel Cage took official visit number three to Michigan State as the Spartans looked to give their final pitch to the 6-foot-2, 295-pound four-star defensive tackle.

How was the weekend with the Green & White?

"My weekend was great and I had a great time at Michigan State," said Cage. "I got to tour the campus and it's a huge campus. I went to a basketball game and talked with the academics advisors. I also got to talk with some of the player and hangout with some of them after the game."

The Spartans made sure to have a familiar face spending time with Cage during his stay.

"Trey Kilgore was my host," he said. "I grew up with Trey and he said its hard work, but it's worth it as they (coaches) are going to put you in a position to make you successful. He also said it's the place to be and they are winning."

Joining Cage on his visit was his family and according to the defensive standout, they enjoyed their visit with the Spartans.

"My parents and my brother went on the visit and they liked it a lot," he said. "They learned a lot and my mom was impressed when they started talking about everything. She really liked it."

While not really surprised by anything, Cage did come away with a better feeling of what MSU had to offer.

"I was not really surprised by anything," explained Cage. "Well, I was surprised when I was at the game by the student section and how they went about the game. It was a real eye opening as I never knew the student section was this committed to the game. So that was a real good experience.

"I will say this was a more informative visit as they were more specific educationally wise and stressed that it would not be easy and nothing would be handed to you. You will have to work for what you want. For me to be in the business program, I would have to keep a 3.0 grade point average.

"The other thing that stood out was how everybody there was real. They kept it real and didn't tell you what you wanted to hear. They said you may redshirt and just kept everything real and that was something I liked."

As for his time with the coaches, Cage talked about the three main coaching working his recruitment.

"I rarely got to hang out with Coach (Harlon) Barnett," said Cage. "I saw and talked with him and we are cool. Coach (Ron) Burton, we got to know each other a little better and watched some film from the spring and also the Rose Bowl. I took some notes.

"Coach (Mark) Dantonio kept it real for sure. We went into his office and sat down and talked with him. He kept it real and said that I would have a chance to come in and player early because defensive tackles are hard to find.

"But he's also keeping it real as he said I would have an opportunity. He said he would never tell anyone they are going to start, but he did say I would have an opportunity by the way I played and what he saw when watching my film. He felt I could pass up the defensive tackle they have now if I keep the hard work."

What type of grade would Cage give the Spartans on a scale between one and ten with ten being great?

"I would give Michigan State a nine," he said.

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