Introducing Elijah Castro

Question & Answer with Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral RB/WR What were your stats/honors from last season?
Elijah Castro: "All state returner and all section RB. I had 27 TDs, over a thousand yards rushing and 4 kick returns out of probably 6 attempts because no one would kick to me."

What is your official height and weight?
"5-8 166."

What is your greatest football memory?
"My greatest memory was playing with my older brother my freshman year he was a senior; I look up to him."

What are your goals for the upcoming season?
"For me is to do my best and to keep talking to schools and to make Chaparral a better team and of course to win state."

What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?
"My speed and footwork. I want to improve and I have been I will be a different football player in 2013-2014 season because what Coach Neal is changing."

Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?
"My teammates are Trevor Wood, Tyler Whiley, Hayden Pate, Robbie Kleifield, there's a lot more, Chaparral has a lot of talent."

Name one teammate you really respect and why?

"Hayden Pate; he's a hard worker, doesn't take off and knows what it takes to get to the next level. He is a great kid of the field as well and works hard in school and everything is paying off for him as he has a 4.0 GPA."

What are your goals regarding playing football in college?
"My goal is to go to a school that I feel like I'm at home and to learn more and of course, play and make the team better as anyway as I can and to show people that size doesn't matter is all about the heart and hard work you put in."

Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet?
"I have been getting letters from Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Kansas State and others. No offers yet."

What would your top 5 college choices be?
"Oregon, Kansas State, San Diego State and Arizona State and Arizona is a tie; it's hard to pick out of those two teams in Arizona."

Who is the best player you ever played against? Why?
"I played against KaDeem Carey, RB from UofA, and I played against D.J. Foster, ASU's running back. They are both very good players and it was good to play against them because I have an idea of what it takes to get to the next level."

Name one opponent who you really respect and why?
"D.J. Foster. I respect him because he is a great kid of the field and we have talked and he gave me some tips on what college is like. Luke Matthews from University of Utah; he's a great guy I look up to Luke and I have been training with him for 3 months and he has showed me a lot and I respect him and I look up to him like he's a big brother. I can't wait to watch him play he is going to show everyone that you can do whatever you want if you put your mind to it he has diabetes and he's playing. He's just a great guy."

What are your best max lifts in the bench, squat and 40 yard dash?
"I bench 305 and squat 375, 40 yard dash is 4.5."

How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?
"He would describe me as a hardworker, fast, quick and will get the job done wherever he wants me to play."

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?
"Strengths are running the ball, catching and speed and weakness are my cuts."

Who is your favorite athlete and why?
"DeAnthony Thomas is favorite player. I love to watch him play because every time he gets the ball something happens and he proved to all the haters that size doesn't matter and that it's all about speed."

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
"To follow your dreams and don't let anyone say you can't do anything."

Tell us what can we expect from your team this season?
"You can expect that Chaparral is going to be on top. We have a lot of kids that want to get to our goal and we are one big family and ready to get to work."

What position do you think you will play in college?

What can a college program expect from you as a player?
"I'm a hard worker and I will do whatever they ask."

What will the main factors be when you choose a school?
"The main factors is how they treat me and feel like I'm at home. And then playing time."

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