McCallan Castles' recruitment has kept his mailman busy. The talented pass catcher has been saving every letter he gets in a “big ol' box” but that box is starting to fill up.
“Some of the colleges have had every coach on the staff write me the same day. Those are some pretty big mail days,” Castles said. “All the mail I've gotten has definitely surprised me. It is kind of a pain to go through every day. But it is kind of nice, too.”
Castles has received a scholarship offer from Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Duke, Hawaii, Nebraska, Nevada, San Diego State, Utah and Washington State. So far, he has had a chance to check out two of those schools.
“I went out to Duke on March 3 and I loved it out there,” Castles said. “Duke has a good, developed quarterback and they have a good passing team. And then of course academically it is a great school.
“I was out at Colorado last weekend for their spring game. They have a lot of good young quarterbacks coming up. I really like the offense and the speed that they operate with. I also love all the coaches out there. Their facilities are great, the school is great. Colorado in general is pretty nice.”
Co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini is the Colorado assistant that has been in contact with Castles the most. The Buffaloes recruiting him for a hybrid role.
“Colorado wants to play me some at tight end but Coach Chiaverini said he'd want to flex me out a lot of the time to get me more involved in the passing game. I would play kind of like a Y-Receiver role for them a lot of the time,” he explained.
Castles plans to visit Utah, Cal and UCLA in April before starting to narrow down his list.
“Right now they are all about the same so it is up-in-the-air. That is why I am trying to get out on these visits to see the schools and figure out what I like,” he said when asked who his early favorites are. “I will probably make my verbal commitment in either June or July, though. That way I can get it over with and focus on my senior season and just have fun with it.”
Castles considers his ability to catch balls in traffic and gain yards after contact to be his best attributes as a player. He hauled in 65 passes for 1,142 yards and 16 touchdowns during his junior campaign.
“I'm working on getting off press coverage and just gaining more weight,” said Castles, who stands 6-foot-5. “I have already gained 10 pounds by getting in the weight room. I am currently 220 and I am trying to get up to 230.”
Academically, Castles hopes to study Communications with an emphasis on Broadcasting in college.