OL Cashman Goes In-depth on Rutgers Offer

Rutgers reached out to south Jersey to offer Haddonfield High offensive lineman Jim Cashman earlier this week. Cashman let ScarletReport.com know about the offer shortly after it happened, and Wednedsay night he went in-depth on the offer, talked about the message he received from coach Greg Schiano, whether he will make a return trip to campus and also a timetable for making a decision.

Haddonfield (N.J.) High offensive tackle Jim Cashman thought a Rutgers offer was coming his way, but it happened a month earlier than he anticipated.

Rather than prove himself while camping at Rutgers in June, the 6-foot-7, 270-pound Cashman's film was all the Scarlet Knights need to see. So, during a Tuesday night conversation with coach Greg Schiano, the Scarlet Knights became his 13th offer.

"When I talked to coach Schiano (Monday) night, he said they just did all their evaluations now that they finished spring ball," Cashman said. "He said the reason it took so long is they were focusing on spring practice and wanted to get a good evaluation after it was over."

Long Branch High's Ryan Brodie is the only other offensive linemen in the state to receive offers from Rutgers, and Schiano explained why Cashman became the second.

"He said that with my academics and my athleticism, what they saw on film and how I moved," Cashman said, "they were impressed and they decided there was no reason not to offer."

Cashman's lone visit to the Rutgers campus came in early April when he took in a spring practice. However, he is yet to experience the full academic presentation at Rutgers, but will get it when he camps there next month.

"Coach Schiano said they were going to have a big camp in the summer, where in the morning they have a big presentation, and (there is) watching film of some of their linemen," Cashman said. "Then, in the late morning, early afternoon and do the same drills their players were doing on film. Then we get (coached), and we get a chance to know them and evaluate them as they're (watching) us."

As much as Cashman's size and athleticism stand out, the most impressive aspect is his academic standing.

Among Cashman's offer list, which includes Miami, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest, is one from Harvard. And although Cashman plans to narrow his list after the spring evaluation period, before that takes place he has to decide how big of a role academics will play.

"I think that's going to be one of the first things I decide," Cashman said. "Most of the schools that have offered are great academic schools, but because Harvard is that next step up, it's one of those things I have to decide."

Once Cashman comes up with that decision, he will trim his list and then make more visits in the summer.

"I'm definitely going to let this month play out, see who comes in the picture and starts talking to me, and then after the month start to narrow it down a little bit," he said. "I think it would be great if I could decide before the school year just to take some of the pressure off. If I have to wait longer, that's fine. If I decide earlier, then that would also be great. I think it's once I find where I fit."

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