A family visit to California on Saturday was all that three-star tight end McCallan Castles needed to seal the deal for him. On Wednesday, after performing at The Opening Regional on Sunday at Richmond (Calif.) De Anza, Castles -- named for the Scotch whiskey -- took his shot and committed to the Bears.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1759346-te-castles-talks-c... "I finally got the whole family to go up there with me, and everybody loved it," Castles said on Sunday. "We got a tour of the campus, got to see all the buildings, so it was pretty great. I talked to everybody. I talked to coach [Justin] Wilcox, I talked to coach [Steve] Greatwood, I talked to coach [Charlie] Ragle. Everybody talked to me. Coach [Beau] Baldwin was up at the school last week, so that was pretty good.
"The thing that stuck out the most was how easy it was to connect with the coaches there. They're definitely easy to talk to, and relatable. The academics part of the school is ridiculous, and my parents really like that part ... It was definitely a big thing, because my mom loved it. That was her first time that she got to go in on a visit with me, so she was amazed the whole time. It's not too easy to impress her."
In a sit-down with local press, Wilcox chatted about how the Bears are "actively recruiting that position," and noted how Ray Hudson had "a hell of a spring." Castles is built very differently than Hudson -- more of a longer, leaner handsy prospect -- but he's just as good of a blocker, and is more advanced at this stage than Hudson was.
Castles has a 3.5 grade point average, and has worked his way up from 215 pounds during the season to 220 pounds, and has a wide, lengthy frame that has plenty of room for him to get up to 240 or 250 pounds. Castles led South Lake Tahoe (Calif.) South Tahoe with 1,193 receiving yards, 65 catches and 15 touchdowns last season.
Castles looks a bit stiff on the hoof, but as soon as he gets his feet churning, he's a strong, powerful, precise route runner with sticky hands. He's an exceptional blocker, and very physical at the point of attack.
Castles has played both with his hand in the dirt, and as an inside receiver, depending on which opponent the Vikings were playing on the gridiron. Castles also does just about everything for the South Tahoe varsity basketball team. He plays both shooting guard and center, averaging 15.0 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.6 steals and 3.0 blocks per game this past season.
Castles has played basketball since second grade, and gets his passion for the sport from his mother, who played at Idaho State. He said he intends on playing basketball through his senior year.