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West Virginia offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste, a redshirt junior, plans to return to school for his final season.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Second-team All-Big 12 offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste confirmed Thursday he will return to West Virginia for his senior season.

The decision means the Mountaineers project to return four of five starters on the offensive line in 2018, building on the buzz of quarterback Will Grier and receiver David Sills also coming back.

“I’m excited to return to WVU and spend another year with a great group of teammates and be coached by the best offensive line coach in the country,” said Cajuste, who recently graduated with a degree in multidisciplinary studies.

“I spent a lot of time talking with my family and coaches, putting much thought and prayer into this decision. Returning for my senior season gives me a chance to help this program make a championship run, and will further position me toward accomplishing my goals and dreams of playing in the NFL.”

A raw prospect when he signed with WVU, Cajuste started as a redshirt freshman before suffering a midseason foot injury. In 2016 he was lost to a torn ACL in the season opener before recovering to start 12 games this season.

“Yodny knows that we have unfinished business, and there is still plenty left to accomplish,” coach Dana Holgorsen said. “With continued development, Yodny will be one of the top offensive linemen in college football next season.

“With Yodny anchoring the offensive line, it gives us a veteran group that has played a lot of snaps. He certainly has the talent to be one of our leaders next season.”

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