Amarillo, Texas has been good to the Missouri Tigers in the past when looking for a Defensive Tackle. Former Tiger and current Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman hails from that town. Now it looks like the Tigers may be hoping that lighting strikes twice in the Texas Panhandle town.
Amarillo high school NG/DT James Castleman 6'4" 260 4.9 forty has received an offer from the Tigers recently and has since picked up two more from Big 12 schools.
ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with James Castleman recently to discuss his Tiger offer and overall recruitment.
"I was excited to get the Missouri offer." said Castleman. "I am pretty happy about it. I know a little about Missouri and that they are a good program, but I am not real familiar with them and look forward to finding out more about them."
James picked up two more offer this past week.
"Texas Tech offered me on Tuesday and Oklahoma St. offered me on Wednesday. So it is starting to get busy. This is all a surprise to me. I never thought a few years ago that playing big time college football was possible. Now I have these offer and I got invited to Texas' junior day. So it is amazing."
Castleman laid out the things he will be looking for in a school as well as some other schools he has interest in.
" For me it will be about how I like the campus and people. Good people and a good education besides a good football program. Distance will be a little bit of a factor. I would like to play somewhere that my Mom can come and see me play sometimes."
Amarillo changed coaches this offseason with Mel Maxwell taking over for Brad Thiessen, who has taken over the Athletic Director duties at Amarillo.
Coach Thiessen had a lot to say about Castleman as a player for him last year.
"James is a great kid.He has outstanding work ethic combined with great natural instinct for playing D-line. He has quick hands and outstanding moves already for a defensive lineman. He had around 70 tackles and 7 sacks for us while being named defensive player of the year in our district." said Thiessen. "He had to play Nose Guard for us, but most schools see him as getting bigger and playing Defensive Tackle, or if he can improve his speed being able to play Defensive End. I think his future is inside."
We will continue to follow James Castleman's recruitment