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Cashman Commits to Boston College; Still Committed to Dawgs for One More Year

Senior offensive lineman Jim Cashman has verbally committed to attend Boston College in the fall of 2012 but before then will look to lead Haddonfield to second consecutive Group 2 title.

It’s amazing the difference one year can make for a high school athlete. It’s even more impressive what time and a lot of hard work can do for a program in a school district such as Haddonfield, considering the size of the town that harbors the most successful athletic program in the Colonial Conference. Jim Cashman was a work in progress this time last year. The 6-foot-7, 275-pound offensive lineman was in preparation for his junior season and had begun to look at possible colleges that fit his needs. With a 4.0 GPA, Cashman had his eye on several Ivy and Patriot League schools. One year later, Cashman enters his senior season having verbally committed to attend Boston College, he will have to wait until Feb. 1 to sign his letter of intent, a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference which is a member of the Bowl Championship Series in Division I football. The offensive lineman, who projects to grow and mature even more in college, is the first Division I player in program history, where it can be argued that for many years, soccer was the No. 1 fall sport. Cashman was not immediately available for comment. “Yeah, it’s a good thing for our program but the most important thing is it’s a good fit for him,” Haddonfield head football coach Frank DeLano said. “Here’s a kid that has demonstrated a great work ethic and is a leader both on and off the field. He’s a huge part of our program and I’m so excited that he found a good fit for college. “But let’s be realistic, there are only so many Division I football players out there. There are only so many 6-foot-7, 275-pound kids with his athleticism. Our program is evolving and we’re in a good place right now but he’s a special athlete and his success doesn’t mean we’ll have kids like him every year.” True enough. The Bulldawgs are a Group 2 school that has a limited area to draw from, but at the same time it’s hard to deny their recent success. The program will enter the 2011 season this fall as the defending Group 2 champions for the first time since the NJSIAA began its current playoff format. Cashman will be leaned on heavily as the Bulldawgs look to replace several key losses on both sides of the ball but the offensive line is as good a place to start as any for Haddonfield. For Cashman, the Eagles were a good fit as he has relatives in the Boston area and have a long history of producing quality lineman. In fact, many scouting sites including ESPN and Scout.com believe he has a huge upside as he continues to mature and grown into his frame. “He’s as hard a worker as there is,” DeLano said. “His growth as a player is all about his incredible work ethic. He has set goals for himself to become a better player and I think all we’ve seen so far is just the beginning. He’s a special kid and he deserves all the accolades he receives.”

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