Interest Picks Up For Caines

One JUCO wideout who may have an opportunity to leave this summer if the right opportunity comes along is Cerritos' Justin Caines (6-1, 205). The underrated receiver has and handful of schools interested in bringing him in this fall, but at this point, none has stepped forward with an offer...

"My coaches have been telling me that there are a few schools, a couple of FBS and FCS programs, that want me for this fall, but they need to work out their numbers and see where they stand with guys qualifying and stuff like that," Caines told recently. "They haven't told me who they are yet because I think they want me to just focus on getting ready for the season and if something comes up, then I will find out and be able to make a decision."

As a freshman in 2013, Caines was a minor contributor to the Falcons' passing attack, hauling in 11 receptions for 102 yards on a team that relied heavily on their defense and running game.

"I played mostly outside last year, but this year they're going to move me around a lot more," Caines noted. "I'm play in the slot, outside, go in motion, all of that stuff, and I think that will help free me up a little more and I think our passing game will be better this year too."

As far as schools that want to bring him in after the 2014 season is completed, Caines said there are several coaching staffs that have contacted him and let him know they have their eyes on him.

"The schools I have talked to the most are Utah, Wyoming, Hawaii and New Mexico State," Caines said. "None have offered yet, but they told me they like me and they are interested, so we'll see what happens."

Caines enjoyed a solid prep career at one of the top high school programs in the state of California (La Habra High School), but he only had offers from two D-2 programs and three NAIA schools, so he opted to join his father, Tom, who is the defensive coordinator at Cerritos.

"We had a running back who went to UCLA (Aaron Porter) and a wideout that went to Washington State (Brett Bartolone), so there wasn't as many opportunities for me to make plays since their is only one ball to go around," Caines said. "I just felt like I could play at a higher level than the offers I had, so I came here and I think it was the right move for me."

Caines is a very good student and was a full-qualifier out of high school, so, as noted earlier, if the right opportunity comes along, he can leave this summer with four years to play three. However, should he return to play for the Falcons this fall, he plans to sign with a school in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2014 football season.

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