January 18, 2011

Castleman ready for visit

Amarillo (Texas) defensive tackle James Castleman is now well into his second life as a basketball player, and it's something he's savoring every moment of.

"The season has been going pretty well so far, we've got a lot of work to do to get better, but it's been a lot of fun," Castleman said. "I know this is the last opportunity I'll have to play basketball competitively and so I'm just trying to enjoy it while I've got it."

Castleman is one of the many defensive commits in Tech's 2011 class who were surprised by the news of Coach James Willis' departure, and still anxiously waiting on a replacement to be named.

"It wasn't the best situation, but it's just something that's happened and we'll have to deal with it now," he said. "I've talked to Coach Tommy Tuberville recently and he's told me that they're still looking and trying to make the best hire possible."

"I'm not really wavering or anything, but I have wondered who he was going to bring in. If Coach Tuberville wasn't the head coach then I might be a little worried, but with his defensive background I think we'll still be in good hands moving forward."

The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder is still scheduled to be in Lubbock this upcoming weekend for an official visit alongside the majority of his fellow 2011 commits.

"It's going to be a good time and we're all looking forward to it," he said. "We feel like we're putting something together that is pretty special with this class and we're all just looking forward to when we'll get the chance to produce for Tech."

Castleman committed to Tech in April over offers from Baylor, Missouri, and Oklahoma State. He was also shown interest from Houston, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M.

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