December 23, 2010

Castleman had interesting role

Amarillo (Texas) defensive lineman James Castleman has still been fielding other programs' attempts to recruit him to their school, but has been shutting the door on possibility of him switching.

"Not any anymore; OSU did for a little bit but they stopped, so now it's just Tech," he said. "I told them that I was already committed to Tech and that that was it for me."

As a senior, Castleman lined up at a couple of different positions, including tight end and as the team's punter.

"I played d-line, I was the punter and I played a little bit of TE, but it ended up not working out," he said. "I was mainly just on the d-line and the punter."

As surprising as him playing punter might seem it doesn't end there. Castleman was named to the first team All-District roster for his punting performance throughout the season.

On top of football, he also plays on the school's basketball team.

"Right now we're 11-5," he said about his team's start this season. "We should have been 12-4 but we had a rough game last night and it just didn't work out for us."

Castleman is planning on taking his official visit on the weekend of January 22nd. He has a basketball game in the Lubbock area and plans on staying in town for his visit.

"I have a basketball game somewhere in January when everyone was trying to get together against Coronado but after that, I think I am going to stay here for my official visit," he said. "I think it's that weekend that Texas Tech plays Nebraska in basketball."

Castleman indicated that he is looking forward to meeting his future teammates while on his visit.

"I just want to get to know some of my fellow teammates and stuff. I don't think I have any of their numbers, so I don't really talk to them much," he said. "Plus, I'm usually pretty busy with basketball."

Castleman committed to Tech in April over offers from Baylor, Colorado, Missouri, and Oklahoma State.

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