New York WR Planning Visit to Rutgers

Rutgers offered this 6-foot-4 receiver from New York a month ago, and he has already been to the campus twice. He did attend junior day in January because of a schedling conflict, but wants to learn more, so he will make an unofficial visit to he campus in March to gain a better understanding about the Scarlet Knights program. Syracuse, Notre Dame and Penn State are also recruiting him.

A scheduling conflict didn't allow Holy Cross (Flushing, N.Y.) receiver Devon Cajuste to attend junior day at Rutgers last month, but it could turn out to benefit the Scarlet Knights.

Instead of being part of the group dynamic of junior day, Cajuste said he is planning an unofficial visit to Rutgers next month, and the benefit is he will receive much more personal attention from the Scarlet Knights staff.

"I want to go there for a full semi-junior day kind of thing,'' he said. "I know it's a big family down there, and I know with coach (Greg) Schiano in the last five years, they've won four (bowl) championships, which is good. I know those guys are shooting for a national championship.''

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Cajuste received his Rutgers offer last month. He has been to the campus twice, including the season finale against West Virginia, and the experience whetted his appetite for more.

"I got to see the game and got to see the bubble, but I didn't get a chance to see much of anything else,'' Cajuste said. "When I was at the senior day game I met with coach Schiano and (assistant) coach Kyle Flood.''

Cajuste also holds an offer from Syracuse, and is getting strong interest from Notre Dame, Penn State, Miami and Pittsburgh.

"I'm definitely looking at the academics first,'' he said. "It's more of a backup because let's say I get hurt in football or something like that, I know I have a degree I could fall back on. I'm interested in computer engineering, being a lawyer or a doctor.''

Cajuste carries a 3.7 grade point average, and will take the SATs for the first time in March. He was invited to Syracuse for junior day this weekend, but is not attending.

However, he was recently invited to Notre Dame's junior day March 20, and plans to travel to South Bend, Ind., to get a look at the school.

Cajuste also wants to visit Penn State, and gave his reasons.

"They're good with academics there, as well, and obviously (because of) their football,'' he said. "I do like big schools, and just because I hear about how successful Penn State is, and it's the same thing with Notre Dame.

"If you can get a degree out of Notre Dame, you can put that on your resume and it's very good when you're looking for a job. And also the football at Notre Dame is exceptional.''

Cajuste said he will also look at a few southern schools, although he was uncertain which ones.

"I'm going to give Syracuse a shot …because they gave me a scholarship,'' said Cajuste, who was asked what he knows about the school. "I just know that they're Orange and they play in a dome.''

Cajuste made 40 receptions for 921 yards and 7 touchdowns as a junior, but his skills aren't limited to the football field. He competes in the 100, 200 and 400 meters, the javelin and the high jump, where he has a personal best of 6-feet, 2 inches.

And last the summer Cajuste added swimming to his cross-training regimen at the country club his family attends. He competes in the 50 meters (24.9 seconds is his personal best) and 50-meter backstroke.

"It's really great because it works every muscle, but it's not bulk,'' Cajuste said. "It is something that really helps with your endurance.''

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