"I was very happy when coach Erickson offered me a scholarship when I met with him. The defensive line coach (Scott Brown) is phenomenal – I love that guy! He's a very intense coach and I like that. That's actually the type of coach that I need. I just love the swag their defense had. It's unbelievable actually."
As a junior Castro recorded 118 tackles, 11 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumbles recovered for the 13-2 Broncos. He also reported a benching mark of 215 lbs., squatting 465 and power clean of 265.
"The coaches said that I can play both defensive end or outside linebacker," Castro pointed out. "They like my motor and how hard I hit people. They also like how quick I get off the blocks and pancake offensive linemen."
Pac-12 South foes Colorado and UCLA are the only other schools to offer Castro. Arizona, Oregon and Washington are recruiting him in earnest and could be offering him in the upcoming weeks. The defensive end/linebacker visited UCLA and USC, as well as Cal and Stanford last year. Washington and Oregon are expected to get a visit from Castro in the near future.
"I'm probably going to make my decision around September or October," Castro commented. "I'm going to look at the academics, the football program, the coaches, the facilities…I am going to look at everything before I make a decision."