A.J. Cayetano admits he is still getting the hang of cornerback, but he likes it more and more.
“To be honest I feel more comfortable playing running back and that is because I have played it all my life,’’ said Cayetano, who committed to Arkansas State on Thursday night.
“But I’m starting to get the hang of cornerback. I thought it was crazy when I started getting recruited at cornerback and I had only played it a couple of years.”
The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Cayetano does a lot of everything for the Atlanta (Ga.) Mills Raiders. He lines up a running back, wide receiver, returns kicks, and oh yeah, cornerback. He has 27 tackles and has scored three touchdowns.
“It is hard for anyone to get past me,’’ he said. “I can tackle and I’m quick, so can stay with people. I have an eye for the ball.”
Cayetano had several reported offers, Southern Miss, Middle Tennessee, Tulane, Sun Belt rivals Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State and Troy. There were also a handful of FCS schools with offers.
“My final three came down to Arkansas State, West Virginia, and Appalachian State. West Virginia and App has been coming on lately.”
Arkansas State and assistant head coach Trooper Taylor were also somewhat late to the show, starting the recruitment about a month ago he said.
“It was coach Taylor, he made the difference,’’ said Cayetano. “A lot of schools will recruit you and and not stay with you all the time. Coach Trooper would call me every time he could and was always sending me texts and stuff. He really made me feel like Arkansas State wanted me. I really liked that.”
Not familiar with the Red Wolves, he got an eye full in the recent 27-26 victory over Georgia Southern.
“Coach Taylor would tell me Arkansas State was the place for me because it was a family school,’’ he said. “He told me if I didn’t make it to the league after my football was over I would have a degree and be able to get a job. That’s very important to me. It is a good college and is just what I need.”
The Raiders are 5-1 on the season and play Class 6A ball, the second largest classification in the state. Cayetano said he earned All-Region honors as a junior and earned a spot on the Elite Georgia Class Team. He has been on the team since he was a freshman, starting the last two seasons.