Cali DT Interested in K-State

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Abens Cajuste, a 6-foot-3, 298-pound defensive lineman from Miami, Florida, graduated from North Miami Beach High School in 2010. After a redshirt year with the Blue Devils of Central Connecticut State, he decided to transfer to Victor Valley Community College in California.

The move has paid off big for Cajuste, who now holds twelve offers including one from Kansas State.

"I'm being recruited [to Kansas State] by Coach Dickey and Coach Latimore," said Abens Cajuste. "I got the offer the first week of May. Coach Latimore said he loves my pursuit to the ball from sideline to sideline. He tole me he liked my aggressiveness and how I finish every down."

At Victor Valley in San Bernardino County, Cajuste played defensive end and inside at the three-technique and zero-technique, or nose tackle. In the past two seasons, he feels like he's come a long way with added weight, strength, quickness, and a better understanding of the game.

"Going the JC route has been the best move for me," Cajuste said. "I was a little undersized coming out of high school so I didn't get the big Division 1 offers. When I got to Victor Valley, I worked hard and beat the other guy out for the starting job. I had 29 tackles, one sack, six tackles for loss, and a couple of quarterback hurries.

"Last season, I improved on my get off. I did a good job on reading the snap count because I knew to expect double and triple teams. I felt like I could take that on and fight my way through the blocks to run down the ball carrier."

Cajuste is back home in Miami until July 1st when he has to report back at Victor Valley for summer workouts. While there he's trying to decide which schools to visit in the coming months.

"I'm keeping all of my relationships with the coaches going," said Cajuste. "I'm wide open right now. I need to look at things closely because I only have two years [of eligibility] left so I wanted to go somewhere I can make a major impact on the team right away. I'm looking for a school with a good family environment, a great atmosphere, and one that has my major."

For a big man, Cajuste runs a respectable 4.9 forty. He benches 520 pounds and squats 580. He plans on graduating from Victor Valley in early December. At a four-year college, Cajuste wants to study Communications. He wears No. 92 for the Rams and hopes to help bring the school their first conference championship this fall.


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