"I told coach Amato that I was committing, and he was real excited about it. He told me that he's glad I decided to play for him at NC State."
Cash says one of the main reasons he chose to commit to NC State was because of the feeling he got while in Raleigh last weekend for his official visit.
"It was like home to me," he said. "All the players were good to me, and I really liked hanging out with John McCargo, my host. He's from Virginia too so it was cool chilling with him."
As a senior, Cash finished 65 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, and six sacks. For his efforts, he was accorded all-district, All-Metro, and all-state honors.
After his oustanding year, Michigan State pursued him very hard, and he verbaled to the Spartans in late December.
"I've told Michigan State that I'm not going there, but they are still coming at me hard. I'm solid with my decision."
Physically, few can match what Cash brings to the table at the defensive tackle position. Standing 6'1 and 285 pounds, he ran a 5.02-second 40-yard dash and an even more impressive 4.26-second 20-yard shuttle at the Virginia Nike Camp held earlier this year.
Both marks were tops at his position, and his shuttle time was better than most running backs and wide receivers at the event.
His strength, agility, and explosiveness are reasons why he could crack the defensive tackle rotation as a true freshman.
"The coaches said if I come in and learn the system then I'll be ready to play," Cash said. "Coach did say that I would see the field as a true freshman."
Alan-Michael Cash is the 20th known commitment in NC State's 2005 recruiting class.