Cash Is A Hot Commodity In South Florida

Plantation, Fla., junior safety Jeremy Cash is having a great season and has established himself as one of the top safety prospects in the 2011 class. Cash has collected three scholarship offers and it appears more are on the way. Bill Greene saw Cash on his recent trip to Florida and filed this report.

Plantation, Fla., safety prospect Jeremy Cash is having a great season in 2009, and has now firmly established himself as one of the top safety prospects in the Florida junior class.

Cash, who transferred from Ransom Everglades, is continuing the tradition of great defensive back play at Plantation, following in the footsteps of current college players Vlad Emilien [Michigan] and Brandon McGee [Miami].

"Things are going great for me at Plantation," Cash told "I've been fortunate to make some big plays and cause some turnovers, so I'm pretty happy with how things have gone, but I know I need to work harder and get better. I'm looking to be a player that changes the game from my safety position. I'm trying to be more of a leader on defense and I'm trying to be more of the quarterback of the defense. I'm spending more and more time in the film room, because my dad keeps telling me the film room work will separate the good players from the average players. I want to be a great player some day."

He is drawing a lot of recruiting attention, with Tennessee being the latest to show interest in this young star.

"I'm definitely interested in Tennessee right now," Cash said. "They were at my practice one day last week, and then they came to my game on Friday and stayed the entire time. It was an honor to have a school show they're interested and spend that much time on me. I'd like to get up to Tennessee for a game this year, but nothing is set right now. While they haven't offered yet, they told me one is coming. I've also been told to expect offers from Notre Dame and Michigan in the near future."

Florida is also interested in Cash and he accepted their invitation to attend their game with Arkansas.

"Yes, it was exciting to go to Florida and see them play against Arkansas," he said. "I'm hoping to get an offer from the Gators. The atmosphere was awesome and I had a great time there. It was great meeting Urban Meyer and a few of their coaches. Walking out on that field before the game was great and so was meeting their recruiting assistant Mark Pantoni. Those are great people up at Florida and it's easy to see why they are winning right now. Coach [Billy] Gonzalez has been to my practice and he is the coach recruiting me. He seems like a cool guy."

Cash added an offer from Florida State recently, his third offer following Miami and Ohio State.

"Florida State is another school I'm interested in," he said. "I will consider Florida State very heavily in this process. I don't know a lot about them but they have great tradition and they seem to be very interested in me. I deal with Coach [James] Coley and he's a very enthusiastic guy. Florida State is a school I need to learn more about."

Miami was the first to offer Cash and the hometown Hurricanes hold a special place in his heart. Cash earned the offer by winning an award as the best defensive back at the Miami summer camp.

"They're coming back and they will always be a favorite of mine," he said. "Randy Shannon is a good man and my family has always been big fans of the Hurricanes. I'm really glad to see them getting back where they need to be in college football. The future is very bright for Miami. I like everything about the Miami program."

Cash holds an offer from Ohio State. He was one of the most outstanding performers at the Buckeye senior camp, and his showing led to the Buckeyes offering him in person when he visited for the USC game.

"The Ohio State program is a great program," Cash said. "All you have to do is mention their name and it speaks for itself. Ohio State has its own flavor and it's a school I could possibly see myself playing for. You never know what might happen down the road, but Ohio State will be a school I consider right to the end. I know what it means to be a Buckeye from having been there twice already and I think a lot of the players and coaches."

In an era where there is a lot of hype and glamour for players to wait and commit near the end of the senior season, Cash just might buck that trend and make his choice in the near future.

"I just might be making my decision sooner than people think," Cash said. "I've talked to my father about this and he feels it might possibly be in my best interest to make my decision before my junior year is over. My father hates all the drama that goes with recruiting and he feels once we know exactly where the right school is for me, that I should go ahead and make that announcement public. I don't think you'll be seeing me pulling a hat out of a bag on national television. I haven't given too much thought to the exact date I might announce, but it will probably before school lets out this year."

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