While there are more decorated players coming in to Arizona's recruiting class, there might not be a more confident player than Covina (Calif.) Charter Oak 2017 wide receiver Brian Casteel.
It’s this confidence that he credits with helping him become a Division-I player.
“Early on when I was trying to figure out what sport I wanted to play, the thing that really helped me choose football was that it was the sport that was easiest to express myself," Casteel said.
"I loved everything about it: the physicality, the impact I can have and the more I played the more self assured I became."
Casteel saw his main recruiter leave Arizona at one point, but that same confidence got him through the change.
“I was pretty upset when Coach Donte left and I thought about looking around, but he’s just one coach," Casteel said. "I know what I can do so it wasn’t as big a deal as I initially thought.”
This confidence transferred over to off the field as well.
“Playing football makes me happy," Casteel said. "It just does and the more success I’ve had the more I want it.”
The three-star wide receiver believes he is good enough to make an immediate impact.
“The coaches want to start me out on offense as a slot motion/receiver but they think I can play defensive back too," Casteel said. "I just want to hit the field, so I will be cool either way.”
Casteel is also excited to start the next level of his academic career.
“I don’t know really what to expect, but I’m happy," he said. "I get to play football at a great college and I get to experience a lot of new things. I know a ton of guys going into this feel nervous and unprepared. I’m not. I’m ready to get started.”