"A lot of people say the football in Indiana isn't up to the same standard as other places," the 6-foot-3, 292-pound Granger product said. "I just want to show everyone on national TV that I'm not a joke and that I deserve to be here."
Beginning today, Cave will get his chance.
Cave, Scout.com's sixth-ranked center, will play for Team Silver, and fellow Irish pledges, defensive back Jamoris Slaughter, and defensive tackle Omar Hunter will play for the Red team in Saturday's game in Orlando. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. (EST) and ABC will have the coverage.
"I can't wait to play against some of these guys," said Cave, who will be rooming with Hunter. Fourteen other Notre Dame commits will be suited up for the other All-American game in San Antonio. "I'll be excited to play against Omar and some of the other top guys across the country."
Two-a-day practices begin at 9:30 a.m. The first practice runs until 11:30, and then it's back to the Disney Wide World of Sports after lunch for the second workout from 1-3:15 p.m. The schedule runs pretty much the same all week, however, Wednesday and Thursday's second practice ends at 2:30. Friday the teams will have a walk through at 1 p.m. instead of practice.
From 7-9 p.m. on Thursday night, the players will participate in a skills challenge. With the right cable plan, everything should be available to viewers at home.
"We have a lineman skills competition that will be broadcasted on ESPN 2 on Friday (6 p.m.), so hopefully everyone will watch that," Cave said. "Also, our practices are supposed to be broadcasted on ESPNU for the whole week, so most should get to see us all week. I'm excited about that."
As Cave is about everything.
"It means a lot to me to be in this game," he stated. Cave is the only true center on his team. "I went down to the (U.S. Army National) Combine (last year), and there were 800 guys there. Between our game and the Army game, there's only 160 guys going. It's nice to know that I'm thought of as one of these guys. It's an honor to be in the game."
***Two other Notre Dame recruits are also playing in the game.
Receiver Deion Walker will join Cave on Team Silver. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Christchurh, Va., product will be announcing his college decision the day of the game. Expect him to pick the Irish over Penn State.
Offensive lineman Kenneth Page will play for Team Red. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Columbia S.C. product has narrowed his list to Notre Dame, Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee and North Carolina. He won't make any decisions until after his final official visit is taken, and is set to make his final two trips to Clemson (Jan. 11 weekend) and North Carolina (Jan. 18 weekend) later in the month. Page has already officially visited his other three favorites.