Calif. juco defensive players commit to Illinois

Victor Valley junior college (CA) sophomore defensive tackle Abens Cajuste and College of the Canyons junior college (CA) redshirt freshman safety Eric Finney committed to Illinois on Sunday, according to a source.

Cajuste, who is 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds, chose the Illini over Kansas State, New Mexico, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Purdue and Washington. He redshirted his first year of college at Central Connecticut State and transferred to Victor Valley.

Finney, who is 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, also had interest from Northern Illinois, Sacramento State and Western Illinois, among others. He redshirted this season.

Illinois now has 23 commitments in its 2013 recruiting class.