Castleberry Impressed With Visit

Sunday morning Christian Castleberry was still giddy. “As soon as I got to Arkansas State I knew this was where I wanted to go,’’ he said. “It was such a great atmosphere. The coaches were all great. It was a great family atmosphere. We played a lot of games.

“I have been to camps at Baylor, Oklahoma State, North Texas and some other schools. But there was no place like that one. The coaches really made you feel wanted.”

So Castleberry, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive tackle, was thrilled to be one of five to make a pledge to the Red Wolves, three of them on Saturday when he committed.

“It was just a great atmosphere,’’ he said. “I remember looking around in the room, we were playing games, signing songs, having contests and it was like a big family. I knew this was where I wanted to be.”

Castleberry did his homework on Arkansas State before he made his first trip to Jonesboro. He has two former teammates, redshirt freshman Javon Jones and freshman cornerback Charles Grant on campus.

“I looked on-line and found out what I could,’’ he said. “I called Charles and told him I was coming up and he I really need to meet the players and everything. He just told me to take my time and make sure I make the right decision.

“One thing I remember is we had an offensive meeting and coach Walt Belt told us to remember two things – first he will never lie to us and he will also always be loyal to us. That is what I needed to hear.”

The weekend started on Friday when Fred Brown, a defensive tackle from New Orleans suburb of Hahnville who was the first to commit on Big Pack Weekend.

On Saturday Castleberry joined future teammates Branquavious Bussey of Lanett, Ala., linebacker Kirk Louis, Jr of Baton Rouge, La., and running back Devante Williams of Moody, Ala. , of Moody, Ala., in committing.

They join other A-State commits -- defensive linemen Javier Carbonell of Bentonville, Ray Rudolph of Kilgore (Texas) College, Elontae Batemen of Memphis Ridgeway and Donovan Ransom of Garland, Texas; safety- linebacker Dre Greenlaw of Fayetteville, tight end Mikhail Jacobs of New Orleans Landry-Walker, receivers Jaylon Marshall and Darveon Brown of Warren, quarterback D.J. Pearson of Duluth (Ga.) Northview, receiver Julian Jones of Atlanta Westlake and running back Earl Harrison of Ridgeway.

Castleberry earned second-team all-district honors last year for Mesquite and is excited about the new season when the Skeeters climb up to 6A, Texas’ largest classification.

“I loved everything,’’ he said. “They showed us videos of what the stadium is going to look like in a couple of years and it