Victor Valley DT has Pac 12 offer

JCFootball.com spoke to Victor Valley DT Abens Cajuste (6-3, 305) recently and he updated us on things including which Pac 12 school was the first that has offered the talented defensive end and more could be on the way...

"Arizona offered me a couple of weeks ago," Cajuste told JCFootball.com. "They wanted to get me in for this past class, so I could play there this summer, but I had too many classes to finish, so they said that they want me bad enough that they will wait and take me after the season."

In addition to his offer from the Wildcats, Cajust also has been hearing from a handful of other schools and feels one of those could be the next to extend an offer.

"Rutgers has been talking to me and since Arizona offered, they have been on me even harder, making sure I know how much they like me," Cajust said. "They need to wait though because they told me that they are still unsure of whether or not they will take a defensive tackle in this class. They said if they do, that I am their number one guy, but I have to be patient and see where that goes.

"Other than Rutgers, I've been hearing from Tennessee, Texas-San Antonio and Arkansas said they were going to be out during the spring to take a look at me too."

As a senior at North Miami (Fl.) Beach High School back in 2010, Cajuste inked his name with Central Connecticut State, an FCS program. After redshirting in the fall of 2010, he decided he wanted to give playing FBS football another shot so he headed west and wound up at Victor Valley.

"I just felt I could play at the highest level and I knew I needed to give it another shot," Cajuste noted. "So I came out here and it's been a really good move for me."

Playing the nose tackle in Victor Valley's 3-4 scheme in 2011, Cajuste posted nearly 30 tackles and one sack, but he said this year he will be much more focused on rushing the quarterback.

"We played mainly 3-4 last year, so I played the nose, but this year we're going to be running out of a 4-3, so I'll be at the D-tackle spot and I think I'll get a lot more opportunities for sacks," Cajuste said. "I'm good at taking up double and even triple-teams, but I want to get quicker so I can get to the quarterback more. This offseason all I've done is work on my pass-rush and that's the area I want to improve most on."

As noted above, Cajuste is on pace to graduate in December and he will have two years to play two after the 2012 football season is completed.

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