When Jerron Cage began his recruiting process a couple years ago, it was almost like he was going through it a second time. Cage, a four-star defensive tackle out of Cincinnati Winton Woods, had the luxury of closely observing his older brother, Daniel, being recruited.
Daniel was a defensive tackle at Winton Woods as well and played for the Warriors from 2010-13. When it came time to decide where he was going to play college ball, Daniel chose Notre Dame.
Up until Daniel faxed his Letter of Intent to the Fighting Irish, Jerron was present throughout his older brother’s recruitment.
“I think the thing that helped Jerron was he was right there every step for his brother Daniel’s recruitment,” said Winton Woods football head coach Andre Parker. “It was almost like he went through the process twice, so he got to see what he liked and what he didn’t like.
“I remember at one point when his brother committed to Notre Dame, (Jerron) said, ‘Oh, I would’ve committed to another school.’ Because he went on those official visits and all the other unofficial visits and he sat through the meetings, so he had a head start. He already knew what he liked, what he was looking for.”
Because he discovered what he liked and didn’t like about various schools early on, Jerron committed to the Buckeyes in July 2015, a year and a half before National Signing Day.
Jerron (6-3, 280) told Scout that he and his brother are so close that they talk to each other every day. That type of communication allowed Jerron to seek insight from Daniel at a moment’s notice.
“That brother-to-brother relationship, I sit in between the lines, it’s always a great feeling,” said Adrian Cage, their father. “Just him being able to text his older brother and help go through the process of recruiting. From the fact that he’s been there before, (Jerron) has somebody to look up to and say, ‘Hey, if I need something, guidelines, let (Daniel) know.’”
Jerron is ranked as 16th-best defensive tackle nationally by Scout but is not ranked among Scout’s top 300 overall prospects in the 2017 class. Outside of Ohio State, the other schools that pursued Jerron were Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio.
Seeing as the Fighting Irish successfully landed Daniel, it tried to reel in his younger brother as well. Jerron was on Notre Dame’s campus routinely to watch his brother play, but in the end he decided to go with the Buckeyes.
While Daniel probably would have loved to have reunited with Jerron on the grid iron, he was pleased with his younger brother’s choice.
“(Daniel) was proud of me either way,” Jerron said regarding his decision to sign with OSU. “He gave me a lot of tips on just being a football player in college. I know it gets hard sometimes. I appreciate him so much.”
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