"That was surreal, getting the offer from them," Cajuste said. "The fact that Penn State gave me an offer, I was like, ‘what?' – I couldn't believe it."
Cajuste said that he plans on taking a visit to Happy Valley next month when he attends a 7 on 7 event at the school. He has never been to State College and he is eager for the experience. He remembers seeing a spread in Sports Illustrated of the infamous fan White-Out at Beaver Stadium and being impressed with the scene. He called it the biggest offer he has gotten so far.
"I haven't a clue of what to expect," Cajuste said of the trip to Penn State in July. "I do know that it's a great program with a lot of tradition and amazing fans."
Cajuste will be visiting Stanford next week, one of eight programs to have offered him. While some programs such as Rutgers are recruiting him as a tight end, others are after him as a wide receiver and he prefers the latter position. While he takes pride in his downfield blocking and his ability to provide blocking for the run, Cajuste considers himself to be "a playmaker." As such, he'd like to be a receiver at the next level.
This summer, Cajuste will be working out and he's joined a swim team. While many football players avoid cardio activities such as running and swimming due to fear of loss of mass, Cajuste said he's losing fat and adding lean muscle. He also said that the swimming is strengthening his knees, which is important he says because he might be playing on turf throughout his career. Cajuste's father is a former body builder so he listens closely to his advice on gaining strength.
"[At an event] in February, I met a kid there who was 6-8 and 275 pounds, just big, absolutely massive," Cajuste said of the lineman. "He was telling me that he benches 305 pounds, which is what I bench. He was a big guy, and I could bench as much as he could."
Interestingly, among the likes of Penn State, Rutgers and Stanford, Cajuste is looking at Harvard. He said that the academics of any school are key, and obviously Harvard can offer the very best in that regard. He is serious about its interest in him.
"The way I look at it, if you're good enough, the NFL will find you no matter where you play," Cajuste said. "Look at Brandon Jacobs of the Giants, who went to a really small school and he's now a NFL star."
Cajuste said there is no timetable on his decision and he is waiting to see what else happens. Then again, if it feels right, he wouldn't mind making a call.
"If I went to Stanford or Penn State and felt comfortable, then maybe I'd decide then," Cajuste said.
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