Cajuste Makes WVU Home

Miramar (Fla.) High defensive end Yodny Cajuste committed to West Virginia on Sunday, following his official visit. He spoke to about his decision to pledge to the Mountaineer program.

The thought of playing for his former high school coach Damon Cogdell, now a West Virginia assistant, proved to be the overriding factor for Yodny Cajuste in his recruitment.

Thus, the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Miramar (Fla.) High standout decided to commit to West Virginia while on his official visit. He committed to the Mountaineers over offers from Florida, Syracuse, Temple, Florida Atlantic and Western Michigan, among others.

"Coach Cogdell taking the job was a big influence on me committing," Cajuste explained. "He is going to be my position coach and I felt like it was a good idea to keep the Miramar to West Virginia pipeline going."

"He (Cogdell) put me in the position to where I'm at now. If it wasn't for him I'm not sure where I'd be now. So he helped me out a lot in my one year of playing football. So I figured he could do a lot for me over the next four years."

"It was just the whole West Virginia thing, too," he continued. "The whole state of WV and the fans are crazy."

While on his visit, Cajuste had the opportunity to become familiar with the university. He took a tour of the campus and football facilities, among other things.

"I took the campus tour, and that was amazing," Cajuste said. "The facilities are beautiful and state of the art. I hung out with a few of the players and they were telling me about how Morgantown is."

Among the current West Virginia players Cajuste gravitated to was another former Miramar alum, Devonte Mathis.

"He is basically a person I'm going to come up and talk to," he said. "He went to Miramar, too, and can relate. I'll have a lot of questions and will ask for a lot of advice from him."

After some debate on which position Cajuste could transition to at the next level, the early vote is to begin on the defensive line. However, the final decision could work itself into the spring.

"They basically told me they'd start me out on the defensive line, but I could end up on offensive tackle, too," Cajuste said. "It's basically which ever position I dominate at in practice."

Despite his commitment to West Virginia, the door isn't shut on taking another visit next week. However, Cajuste reassured that decision won't affect his pledge to the Mountaineers.

"Both Syracuse and Miami (FL) want me to visit. I'm final with my commitment so if I decided to visit somewhere it would just be for fun."

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