Castleman Changes To Cowboys

Oklahoma State got a huge pick up on Tuesday evening when two-time All-State defensive lineman James Castleman of Amarillo, Texas switched his commitment from Texas Tech to the Cowboys.

The 6-4, 284-pound Castleman runs really well and admitted Tuesday night on the phone that he impressed the Oklahoma State coaches, including head coach Mike Gundy, with his play on the basketball court. He actually averages 13.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 2.5 steals a game.

"They watched me play basketball and said that I was big enough and quick enough that I could play defensive end, but they said I could have a chance to play right away," said Castleman.

He is also a two-time defensive MVP in Class 5A District 2 in Texas. He was also the 1st Team All-District punter. As a junior he a whopping 81 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and 3 blocked punts. Last season he had 61 tackles (37 unassisted), 10 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 3 fumbles caused, and an interception. He has a bench press max of 330 pounds and a max on the squat of 540 pounds.

Castleman said when he committed to Texas Tech last April he was very close to committing to Oklahoma State. "Yes sir, really close," said Castleman.

Lately somethings had changed and it was actually family members that played a major role in encouraging Castleman to re-examine his decision.

"After I committed to Texas Tech some stuff happened that caused me to be indecisive about my situation and had me thinking," he explained.

"It was my mom and some good close family friends that said to me they thought when I was at Oklahoma State I was enjoying it more. I looked like I wanted to be there. So, I thought I would go visit again and see.

"I felt more homey there and I wanted to be there," continued Castleman. "On the visit I was thinking that this was a place that I really wanted to be for the next four or five years even without football. I was there mainly to see how I interacted with the players and if I was comfortable with them. The facilities I knew that I loved and they are great."

Castleman said he had a great time on his visit and that he really hit it off with his host, Cooper Bassett. Asked about being spotted around Stillwater doing some shopping he admitted that he bought some pants and a top and several OSU shirts.

Castleman said he plans to major in something related to sports science at Oklahoma State. He also said he is through with recruiting. He has cancelled home visits and a visit to Texas Tech. He added that his phone keeps ringing and was hoping it would slow down well before signing day next week.

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