"I talked it over with my dad and my mom: I was dead-set on it," Castles said during a lunch break on Wednesday, four days after he visited Berkeley with his family -- his mother Alison, a nurse, and father Tom, a mortgage lender. "After Saturday, I just knew it was the school I wanted to go to, and my mom wanted me to go there -- she loved it -- and everyone in my family is close to it, so they can all watch me play. As soon as I got out of that visit, I knew that's where I wanted to go."
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1780444-scouting-report-mc...So, he picked up his phone, and called head coach Justin Wilcox.
"I called coach Wilcox this morning, told him I wanted to verbally commit, and he was driving to work, and he said, 'I about crashed my car, this is the greatest thing ever!'" Castles laughed.
That kind of relationship with the coaching staff played a major role in why Castles decided to pull the trigger.
"They're so easy to connect to, and I love the new offense, and the academic side is what really sent it over," Castles said. "They were telling me about what I could major in, and all of the opportunities I'd have if I went to Cal, and that's what put it over for me and my family. I'd have all the options I'd need at Cal."
The visit on Saturday, during which Castles and his family got to check out the school and the dorms (he noted the sand volleyball court outside the Clark Kerr dorms as a highlight) clinched the decision for Castles, who is thinking about majoring in business and communications.
"All the professors were busy with the individual graduations, but I got to see the business center and it was just ridiculously nice," said Castles, who did observe the Optometry School graduation, but not other ceremonies.
Castles also got to sit down and talk with perhaps one of the best spokesmen the Bears can bring to bear: Everyone's favorite fullback, Malik McMorris.
"He's on the track team, and he was so welcoming, said it was a great environment, and he said it's one of the better schools that you can go to," said Castles, who recently scored a 24 on his ACT, and holds a 3.5 grade point average.
"I talked to him a little bit on the visit on Saturday, and he seemed like he was pretty interested in Cal, too, so hopefully, he decides to go to Cal, too," said Castles. "I didn't get to catch passes from him [on Sunday], but he was looking good out there at The Opening. Hopefully, we get to play together."