JUCO NT to CF.C: Looking to be a problem

AN IDEAL NOSE TACKLE in the Cougs' 3-4, Mike Breske told Cougfan.com this month, is the 6-3, 300-pound road grader who causes distress up front, thereby allowing the ‘backers to make the tackle. Among the crimson targets for the 2013 class, a nose tackle prospect who checks in at 6-3, 305 pounds with a penchant for taking on double teams. "I'm looking to be a problem on the field," he says.

Abens Cajuste played the nose at Victor Valley College this past season. WSU saw his tape and an offer soon followed.

"They came to school, the receivers coach (Dennis Simmons) came to my school. And then I was talking to him on the phone and he was telling me about the program, told me I could have the opportunity to play right away," said Cajuste.

Cajuste comes across on the phone as exceedingly pleasant and polite. But, he says, when he steps onto the gridiron he flips the switch.

"Washington State, they said they liked how on tape I'm a physical animal on the field, and how mean and nasty I play. They like that I have great grades and they think I could have a major impact for them… they said they loved my quickness and pursuit to the ball, they loved how I come off the ball and attack," said Cajuste.

CAJUSTE IS ORIGINALLY from Miami, where he prepped at North Miami Beach High. He was at Central Connecticut State for a season before coming to Victor Valley, where he's been the past two years. He has two-to-play-two, plans to graduate in December, and said there's no time to waste and he wants to win now.

"With Coach Leach coming from Texas Tech, (Simmons) said they're more focused, that they're going to be a better team this year," said Cajuste.

Cajuste holds offers from WSU, Arizona, Indiana, Rutgers, Florida International, Western Michigan and New Mexico.

Note: Cajuste picked up three new offers after press time on Wednesday, from Kansas, Kansas State and Idaho.

"It's early in the process, I have no leaders right now. But as far as good communication throughout, Rutgers and Indiana are the two… Washington State, they said they're looking to build a big relationship with me," said Cajuste.

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