Could JUCO punter be headed to the Pac 12?

After kicking for Chaffey last fall and showing a strong leg both on kickoffs in handling all of the Panthers' place-kicking duties, P Joey Cejudo (6-3, 205) has moved to Mount San Antonio and this past weekend he took a trip to a Pac 12 school that would like him to come in this fall to handle their punting duties...

Cejudo prepped at Chino Hills (Ca.) High School and had planned to enroll at a D-3 school near his home. However, after losing some weight and adding some muscle, he decided to go the JC route and now is on the cusp of earning a scholarship to a four-year school.

As a freshman this past season, Cejudo handled the kicking duties for Chaffey, hitting on 9 of 14 with a long of 46 and averaged 60.7 yards on 38 kickoffs with two touchbacks.

"I had gone to Chaffey to be a punter as well as a kicker, but I sorta tweaked my (right) knee before the season," Cejudo told recently. "It only hurt when I punted though, not when I kicked, so I handled the kicking duties and another guy, Erik Zamudio, handled the punting duties.

"In three weeks I was fine and could have punted, but our coaches liked the rotation we had going there, so they decided to just keep me kicking which was fine with me."

Even though he's never punted in a game, Cejudo is being heavily recruited by two BCS programs and recently took a visit to one of them.

"I visited Arizona State last weekend and had a great time," Cejudo noted. "I spent a lot of time with coach (Joe) Lorig seeing the campus and the facilities. Then, on my last day there, coach (Todd) Graham met with me and we talked a lot about the program and how they'd like to use me."

Cejudo said the Sun Devils want to bring him into the fold for this season, but because he didn't apply to the NCAA Clearinghouse, he's been scrambling trying to find out if he was a qualifier or not.

"I was planning to go to a D-3 school around my home, but when I lost some weight and grew and got stronger, I decided to go JC to see if I could get a scholarship to a four-year school," Cejudo said. "I never applied to the Clearinghouse so I need to get that all sorted out before they can offer me."

While ASU would like to get him into school this fall, he said another school has an interest in getting him after the season.

"I talk weekly with Ohio State too," Cejudo said. "They won't offer me though until they see me punt during the season. They want game tape, so if I stay this fall at Mount San Antonio then they have talked about an offer too if they like what they see."

We will have more in the coming weeks and months as Cejudo gets closer to making a decision on what he plans to do this summer.

If he were to leave this summer, he would have four years to play three, but if he plays for the Mounties this fall, he will have three to play two following the season.

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