Notre Dame's defensive line got a major boost Wednesday morning when three-star defensive tackle Daniel Cage (Cincinnati, Ohio) faxed in his national letter of intent to the Irish.
The 6-foot-3, 275-pound Cage was favored to commit to Michigan State, but a strong push late in the process by defensive line coach Mike Elston and defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder helped sway him toward South Bend. The switch from Bob Diaco to VanGorder at defensive coordinator also worked in Cage's favor, as Diaco didn't offer him a scholarship but VanGorder did, Cage told Irish Illustrated last month.
Notre Dame lost defensive line stalwarts Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt to the NFL Draft and reliable reserve Kona Schwenke played his final year in South Bend last fall as well. There's a lot to replace, and the Irish need as many bodies up front as they can get.
In addition to Michigan State and Notre Dame, Cage was also interested in Illinois, Louisville and Mizzou.