Recruiting: Castleman Claims Cowboys Lead

This looks to be a big defensive line class for Oklahoma State, and with the commitment from defensive end Jimmy Bean of Denton (Guyer), Texas, that is a head start. But defensive tackles are always a huge prize and James Castleman was part of the big number of prospects in Stillwater last Sunday for the first Junior Day, and the 6-4, 260-pound Amarillo Sandies defender liked what he saw.

"It was amazing," said Castleman. "We had lots of fun. I brought a teammate of mine, Chase Wolfle (6-2, 181), a cornerback. "The OSU coaches asked me to bring him because they wanted to see him."

It was at that point that Castleman revealed that Wolfle was sitting right there next to him while we were talking on the phone.

"I really liked everything that I saw," added Castleman. "The facilities are great and the people are nice. OSU is really a place that I can see myself."

Last season Castleman proved his potential on the football field earning All-District 2-5A honors and was named the District 2-5A Defensive Player of the Year. He finished with 71 total tackles and seven sacks. Now he has scholarship offers from the Cowboys, Missouri, Texas Tech, and Baylor.

"I've also been to Junior Day at Texas Tech and it was pretty good," said Castleman. "They have a lot of new stuff. OSU is still higher up there on my list.

"Coach (Glenn) Spencer is recruiting me and we talk alot about a lot of things. Last Sunday I got to know him even better because we spent a lot of time together."

Castleman said he just finished up playing basketball, a huge positive sign as playing hoops is great for footwork and agility. Castleman's forty time is listed at 4.9 which is very impressive. Before spring football he has track to compete in as he throws shot and discus.

As for recruiting he will continue to see what happens and he says he has a feeling that he will make a decision sometime next fall during football season, if not before.

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