The Illinois Fighting Illini picked up a big commitment from 2013 three-star defensive tackle Abens Cajuste. He choose the Illini over offers from Pittsburgh, Kansas State, New Mexico, Purdue, Rutgers, and Washington State. Arizona, Baylor, Florida International, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Utah State, Western Kentucky, and Western Michigan also showed interest in his recruitment.
Cajuste is a 6’3″, 305 pound defensive tackle from Miami, Florida, and is highly-regarded for his overall strength. He has played his last two seasons at Victor Valley Community College in California. Last season, Cajuste recorded 40 tackles, two tackles-for-loss, 4.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. Over his entire two season at Victor Valley Community College, he has recorded a total of 54 tackles.
He is currently ranked 42nd in the state of California, 17th among defensive tackles, and 144th nationally among junior college recruits by 247Sports.
Cajuste visited Illinois this past weekend. He was set to visit Kansas State this week and Pittsburgh the week after that. The Illini defense did not look very good this past season. Their defense was ranked tenth for total defense (387.6 yards per game), tenth for rushing defense (193.9 yards per game), but fifth for passing defense (193.7 yards per game).
The Fighting Illini noe have 23 commitments from the class of 2013.
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