Devon Cajuste has never been to California but he's visiting Stanford later this month, a trip that could determine whether the Cardinal will be a serious contender for the Flushing (N.Y.) Holy Cross wide receiver later in his recruitment.
Cajuste, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound prospect, has narrowed his list to Stanford, Boston College, Penn State, Rutgers and Harvard. He plans to spend three days in Palo Alto soaking up the atmosphere and figuring out whether Stanford is the right place for him.
"The first day is a get-together for the 2011 recruits, the next day is the junior day and then the third day it's up to you if you want to talk to the coaches and meet professors and take another tour of the campus on your own," Cajuste said.
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"It's a big trip for me. It's in my top five, it's really big because this is whether I stay on the East Coast or not. It's really my only West Coast offer so if I love it that will make them stronger. Hopefully I do. I've never been to California. I heard the lifestyle is great but I'll see when I get there."
Boston College has been involved with Cajuste for a while and he's already visited Chestnut Hill. He likes coach Frank Spaziani and said there is an unexplainable aura of a family atmosphere that he likes with the Eagles.
"It's going great with Boston College," Cajuste said. "I've been up there and I love the coaching staff. They have this aura, this family-vibe feel. I don't know what it is, coach Spaziani was explaining that to me and I felt like I knew exactly what he was talking about."
Penn State was a dream school growing up and late last month the Nittany Lions offered Cajuste, who finished with 40 receptions for 921 yards and seven touchdowns in his junior season. That's a big offer for the New York receiver but he's going to take his time and research all five of his favorites.
"That was kind of surreal when they called on May 31 and they were like, 'We just want to call and let you know you have a full scholarship,'" Cajuste said of the Penn State coaches.
"My freshman year that was my dream school with Notre Dame, USC, dream schools that you never thought you'd go to and the fact that they gave me a scholarship was just like unbelievable."
Rutgers is also a realistic option because Cajuste said he loves the coaching staff, the environment and especially the facilities. Harvard is an outside option since its academics are so incredible. Lots of things will play into Cajuste's decision and he seems to have it perfectly figured out moving forward.
"It's really going to come down to academics, they all have their academics, and it's going to come down to comfort level," Cajuste said. "Can I really see myself there if I'm not playing football?
"All the schools I can see when I'm playing football because it will literally be eat, sleep, football, but when I'm not playing that sport I have to see how I fit, what it's going to be like that way. Coaching staffs come down to it as well. I'm not expecting them to be friends because that's not their job but I don't want it to be where I'm a nobody either."