Pack Showing Increased Interest in NJ OL

Haddonfield, N.J., offensive tackle Jim Cashman plans to visit NC State. Pack Pride has the latest on where the rising senior stands with his recruitment.

Haddonfield, N.J., offensive tackle Jim Cashman has picked up a few early offers and NC State is one of several other schools that have indicated a willingness to offer down the road.

No offer has come yet from the Wolfpack, but don't mistake that for a lack of interest. On the contrary, it's clear that NC State is very much interested in the 6-7, 275-pound Garden State lineman.

With an outstanding frame that can carry more weight and an ideal reach for an offensive tackle, Cashman has the potential to develop into a prototypical left tackle in college.

UConn, Temple, Tulane and Villanova are the schools that have offered him already.

Cashman has never visited NC State but he has been keeping in regular contact with the coaching staff. He's getting good vibes from the Pack so far, and that makes him a prospect worth watching.                

"I've been in contact with coach 'Cuskie (Jerry Petercuskie)," Cashman told Pack Pride this week. "I've talked to him a good amount recently. We're going down there over spring break in a couple of weeks for their spring game. I want to check out the facilities and stuff."

There is a chance Cashman could pick up an offer from the Pack while he's in Raleigh. It will certainly be his best opportunity to mingle with all of the coaches and become better acquainted with the campus, so he's looking forward to the visit. While he doesn't know as much about NC State as a couple of other schools that have been recruiting him, Cashman appreciates all of the early interest from the coaching staff. That alone makes the Pack stand out near the top of his list.

"They've been recruiting me for probably a month or two. We've been exchanging e-mails and things like that. I don't know too much about them," he admitted. "I hope to learn more though. I know they've been a very successful football program for the last couple of years so I'm looking forward to taking a trip down there to see everything."

Cashman was a first team all-conference selection last fall and he carries a 4.0 grade point average as a student at Haddonfield Memorial. Accolades like that help explain why so many schools, like Rutgers and Maryland in addition to NC State, are interested in the rangy tackle.

While Cashman will be interested in finding out how he gets along with coaches and what depth charts look like at each of the schools recruiting him, something else is going to factor into his decision big-time.

"I'm definitely stressing academics," Cashman explained. "That's going to be a huge part of making my decision, and then I'll go from there. I want to find a school where I'd just feel comfortable even if I wasn't playing football."

Most schools are recruiting Cashman as an offensive tackle, including NC State. He claims no current favorites.


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