41 days to Camp Rantoul

Counting down the 50 most important Illini

No. 41: Abe Cajuste, defensive lineman

Why he’s important: On a young defensive line, the junior college transfer has a chance to play. Right away. He is the most highly-regarded JUCO transfer based on the number of offers he had. He’s a bit of an unknown because he’s a well-traveled football player but has only played in a total of 14 games during his two seasons of JUCO ball. Will have two seasons of eligibility at Illinois and could see time at either a defensive end or defensive tackle spot. He only had one tackle in the spring game, but did force a fumble. Potential is there for a possible breakout season.

Fast fact: Cajuste has seen most of the country because of his football career. Illinois is his third stop since graduating from North Miami Beach High School. He stayed on the East coast initially out of high school, going to Central Connecticut State before transferring to Victor Valley (Calif.) College. In his time in California, he picked up 18 offers before settling on Illini last December.

Tomorrow: No. 40

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