Devon Cajuste didn't know entirely what to expect when he recently visited Stanford but when he got to campus the Flushing (N.Y.) Holy Cross wide receiver fell in love with the place and ended up committing to the Cardinal.
"It definitely wasn't what I expected," Cajuste said. "I expected a few things but they showed me a lot more.
"The peace was really welcoming and warm. Most campuses are like that but this one was different. It gives off such an enlightening feel. Also the honor, that's what really got me, it was a privilege to be on campus. There was history there, you could feel it, but everything was new. It was just this life that was there."
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Cajuste is a 6-foot-4, 220-pound prospect who could play wide receiver or tight end in college. He also had offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Maryland, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers and Syracuse.
Prior to his trip to Palo Alto, Cajuste said the trip was a make-it-or-break-it visit because Stanford was pretty much the only West Coast school involved with him. If he didn't like the place he'd probably end up somewhere closer to home. Since he liked Stanford so much, he decided it couldn't get much better.
"Going on the computer, I got the whole warm feeling academically and sports-side I didn't have a clue what to expect and when I got there and saw how the sports facilities were there's just the camaraderie and it blew my mind a little bit," Cajuste said. "That really helped them as well."
So did Stanford's coaching staff especially coach Jim Harbaugh and assistants Pep Hamilton and Greg Roman.
"He's a really great, energetic coach," Cajuste said of Harbaugh. "They actually told me they thought I was a good wide receiver from my film and when they saw me on the field they really wanted me and they asked me at least six times, 'Are you going to commit?' from Greg Roman to coach Hamilton and coach Harbaugh. They're all great people."
Cajuste, a three-star recruit, is rated as the fifth-best player in the New York state rankings. He finished with 40 receptions for 921 yards and seven touchdowns in his junior season.