Making Connections

A Louisiana player who has had West Virginia in his sights for more than a year is very close to receiving an offer from the Mountaineers.

LaQuintin Caston, a quarterback from Istrouma Senior High School in Baton Rouge, La., had a meeting he had been looking forward to with WVU offensive coordinator Calvin Magee.

"About two weeks ago, Coach Magee came to school and talked with me. He told me about West Virginia, and I told him I was very interested in them," Caston said. "He told me that you don't have to be big to play quarterback there, but that you have to be able to read the defense and make the right decisions. That fits me, because my strength is in reading defenses and coverages. Our offense is similar to West Virginia's, so I have an understanding of it.

Like many quarterbacks who play both ways or have played on defense as some point in their careers, Caston uses his experience to help him learn the theory behind offensive play.

"I can play defensive back, and have played there in the past, and that really helped me learn to figure out what the defense is trying to do," he explained. "Being back there has helped me learn to read defenses and read coverages."

Although West Virginia signed three quarterbacks a season ago, the Mountaineers are always on the lookout for players with the right fit at the position, and Caston could be just that. It's no surprise to see WVU take one quarterback each year, if for no other reason than its critical importance to the Mountaineer offense. The athletic ability and adaptability of QBs also makes recruiting strong signal callers a priority, and it appears as if Caston will be getting an offer soon.

"When he was here, he told me that he would be out on the road for a while, but that when he got back to his office on Thursday he would be talking to us about the offer," Caston said. "It's not official yet, but I think I will be getting one."

The five-foot, ten-inch, 180-pound athlete has offers from Louisiana Lafayette and Southeast Louisiana, but has seen a number of powerful schools come calling during the spring school visit period.

"There have just been numerous coaches in to see me," Caston said. "Alabama, Colorado, Oklahoma St., Memphis, Tennessee, Ole Miss, and LSU are just some of the schools. There have been at least ten schools in to see me over the past couple of weeks.

Although Caston would certainly be listening to those other schools, an offer from West Virginia could be a difference maker.

"West Virginia would be first, because I just love the offense and have been watching them for a long time," Caston said as he detailed his top schools of interest. "It would be a good home for me. I watched them in the Louisville game last year and I loved the offense and the plays that they run. It's a high-octane offense. Next would be Mississippi, then Alabama and Arkansas."

Caston will be getting his first chance to direct the offense full time this year, as he played on defense and as a backup to a senior at the quarterback position a year ago.

"I had six rushing touchdowns and I ran for around 200 yards last year, but I played a lot more on defense as a junior," he said. "This year, I will be the quarterback and probably won't play defense, but I can if the team needs me there."


Caston has no problem with redshirting for a season, as it fits into his personal learning schedule.

"It would probably take me about a year to learn the offense, so I would benefit from redshirting," he said. " I wouldn't have any problem with that."

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Caston attended the combine in New Orleans, and had a good performance well that opened the eyes of many college coaches. He will attend Mississippi's one-day camp on June 2.

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Caston is a team player that is eager to fill whatever role his team needs. Although he was a prime performer on his school's 4x200 meter relay team, he took up the javelin because his team needed someone to fill that event.

"Last year was the first year I had ever done that, and I wasn't very good," he said. "But I worked at it over the summer and now my best is 141 feet, nine inches."

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