Three-star wide receiver Brian Casteel already has landed scholarship offers from Arizona, Colorado State, Washington State. On top of that, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington have intensified their recruiting efforts the past few weeks.
Casteel, a 6-foot-1, 195-pounder from Charter Oak High School in Covina, Calif., hopes to land another offer when he joins his friend, four-star cornerback Elijah Gates, on a trip to South Bend next week to attend Notre Dame’s Irish Invasion.
“I was going to go with one of my friends, Elijah Gates,” Casteel said. “We're still planning out if we're going to go or not. I think we are.”
Notre Dame has had limited contact with Casteel but a strong camp performance could help his chances of landing an offer.
“I haven't really talked to anybody yet,” he said. “I get some mail from them and my friend Elijah put in a word for me and one of the coaches said I was a good player.”
Most college programs began recruiting Casteel as a wide receiver based on what they saw on his sophomore film. Once his junior film made the rounds schools realized he could play on either side of the ball.
“They're all starting to recruit me as an athlete,” Casteel said. “They all saw my sophomore film and I played wide receiver but now they got to see my junior film and they're like, 'We'll recruit him as an athlete to play both sides of the ball.'”
As a junior, Casteel caught 57 passes for 913 yards and nine touchdowns.
“I can catch the ball and what I'm getting known for is my running after the catch,” he said. “I'm good in space.”
On defense, he recorded 46 tackles and picked off three passes as a safety.
“When they need me to, because a lot of teams in our league like to pound the ball up the middle, I play in the box, but when we play a spread team I can play over the top too,” he said. “I can tackle and guard people.”