Cash Still A Buckeye Despite Attention

More than eight months remain until National Signing Day, and Ohio State holds a verbal commitment from safety prospect Jeremy Cash. The Florida native is sticking with his commitment so far despite a host of schools still trying to sway him. Cash's head coach speaks with in this update.

Jeremy Cash has put himself into a tenuous situation.

The three-star safety prospect from Plantation, Fla., who had been viewed as an Ohio State lean for some time, issued a verbal commitment to the Buckeyes in mid-April. Now all he has to do is fend off a host of schools trying to convince him both to change his mind and to stay closer to home.

As Plantation finishes off spring football, head coach Steven Davis listed off the schools that have been around the school in addition to the Buckeyes.

"Every SEC school has been through here," Davis told "Most of the ACC has been through. South Florida and Central Florida have been through. It's like a who's who."

Not all the programs that visit are there to see Cash, however. Plantation is also home to uncommitted four-star linebacker prospect Ryan Shazier. Still, most coaches are at least inquiring about Cash, Davis said.

"They take a look at him but they see Ryan," he said. "They know he's committed so they say to let them know if he starts to change his mind."

Cash picked the Buckeyes despite also holding offers from Miami (Fla.), Florida State and others. Before he did so, Davis said he gave the 6-2, 190-pound Cash the same advice he gives all of his players.

"What I told him before he committed was usually when my kids commit early I shut their recruiting down," the coach said. "I don't introduce them to coaches anymore and I let the coaches know that he's committed to a school. If he wants to open things back up, that's on him but as long as he's committed I pretty much keep it pretty tight as far as him seeing other coaches."

Davis said he was fine with Cash's decision because he did his research.

"He's a smart kid," the coach said. "He's been around and up to Ohio State a few times. He just told me, ‘Coach, I always wanted to go there. I like the school.' He's visited several times, so I know he's done his homework. He said he felt good about his decision; that's why he went ahead and committed to them."

Scout lists Cash as the No. 24 safety in the nation. In his first year with Plantation, he recorded 96 tackles including 23 for loss and two interceptions. Although he has played both free and strong safety, Davis said Cash could grow into an outside linebacker in college.

The coach listed Cash's greatest attribute as his ability to run to the ball but added that he is still working on taking better angles on the ball in the air.

"He's a real athletic kid," the coach said. "Athletically, you always saw it. It's just been a situation where he's grown into the position, but you always saw his athletic ability. You could see that (on tape) as a freshman."

It was that ability that helped Cash assimilate into a new school this past year without much trouble.

"He has the type of personality where he came in and mixed well with the kids," Davis said. "He didn't really have a problem. And kids, they're not stupid. They see the talent and what you do on the field."

With a chance to be named a team captain – the players vote for that honor before the end of the month – Cash has a chance for a big year, Davis said. Now the task for the Buckeyes is to make sure he still signs with them on National Signing day – more than eight months away.

"Every school that comes in is chipping at him but he's hanging in there tough," the coach said. "They're all coming in and saying, ‘You committed too early. You didn't give us a chance to recruit you.' He's hanging in there with it. I think it's going to be solid. I think he'll be going there."

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