Kansas State Offers California JUCO CB

Looking for the next possible lock down corner, the Kansas State coaching staff turned their attention to the California Junior College ranks and Diablo Valley College cornerback Castine Bridges. Bridges, who already sports official offers from Utah and Missouri logged eight interceptions last year en route to finishing tied for the state lead in interceptions.

Cornerback prospect Castine Bridges, who officially weighed in today Diablo Valley College at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds is starting to turn heads with his 4.53 speed in the forty and ability to face taller receivers.

"Yesterday morning I got an offer from Utah. I have offers from Missouri and K-State and they have not offered yet but I have been doing a lot of talking with Oregon. I am looking at a couple of schools right now," Bridges told KStateFans.

"Well, Kansas State offered me not too long ago. The coaches cannot contact you until September 3rd but they sent me a letter offering me to my coach."

A former resident of Kansas City, this California recruit says that he is possibly looking to return to Kansas and play his college ball in the Big 12 conference.

"I have two visits set up right now. One to Missouri on the 12th of November and then one to Utah later in October probably. I have not set anything up with Kansas State right now but I used stay in Kansas City and I know what everything is about down there. Plus the Big 12, that is a great place to play college ball. I am looking at both Missouri and Kansas State right now. But UNLV is a school that I like and Marshall has started to recruit me harder lately. California is a school that I am looking at too," said Castine.

Coming out of Pinole Valley High School originally, Castine was an academic casualty failing to qualify, something that sticks with him and motivates him.

"You know, I am not going to make the same mistakes I made earlier. Just yesterday I went and spoke with my counselor to make sure I have everything taken care of and that I am handling everything. I am fully qualified and ready to go and that is something I have taken seriously getting ready to go to a Division 1 school and take care of my business. I am trying to shoot for December. I have been taking extra classes to be ready to go in December."

With three years to play two, Castine says that Utah currently leads for his services but that could change with just a visit.

"Well Utah is the school to beat right now but that is only because I know the most about them. I have a friend that goes to Utah, Quinton Gather goes there and plays running back for them. He tells me about them all the time and keeps me up on everything they are doing but that could all change with a couple visits. I mean I just know them best but I do not have my mind set on any particular school. No school really sticks out more then another right now."

Looking to secure a visit to Kansas State, Bridges says that although he wants to take a couple of visits, he does not want to take all his visits before making a decision.

"I am not sure I want to take all five of my visits. The more schools the more difficult it will be to choose. I think probably three is about right. I mean I want to have something to compare against and if I take four that might happen but probably not five visits. I might take all five depending on what each school has to offer."

Asked which schools are recruiting him the hardest?

"Missouri and Utah are recruiting me the hardest but I expect that to change. I know once coaches can start calling again and contacting me that will change."

In terms of Kansas State, Bridges had this to say about the Wildcat Defense.

"The defensive scheme at K-State is something I can play with and something I can play right along with. We use the same scheme here at DVC and that is something I feel comfortable with. Plus, the weather and the area is something I am used to and something I would not mind going back to."

"Right now my best thing is coverage. With my size I can go up against any wide receiver out there and if the Quarterback makes any mistakes, I am going to make him pay. I can go up and get the ball out of the air and I also shut guys down at the line. I am not going to let them get off and get into their routes and I am going to make them think about throwing to my side."

We will have more on Castine Bridges as recruiting continues to heat up. Stay Tuned……

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