Recruiting: Castleman Checks Out OSU, OU

As we reported in our spring practice notes on Friday, defensive lineman James Castleman of Amarillo, Texas, was in Stillwater with his coach, Brad Thiessen, to check out Oklahoma State on Friday. Castleman blended in somewhat with close to 200 coaches on hand for the Cowboys spring coaches clinic. For the 6-3, 260-pound Castleman it was part of a two-day tour in Oklahoma.

"I had gone to OU the day before and then OSU on Friday," said Castleman, who has said the Cowboys have been in the lead in his recruiting since he visited Stillwater earlier for Junior Day.

"This trip was fun because i got to interact with the players and I had time to really talk to the coaches. I got to meet Andrew Hudson (defensive end from Bushland, Texas) and he is a good guy. He is from around Amarillo and I like him.

"Their (OSU) interest in me is something that I really like," continued Castleman talking at halftime while watching the NCAA Championship basketball game between Butler and Duke. "The facilities at Oklahoma State are amazing."

Castleman told us that in addition to being on campus at both OSU and OU, he has visited Texas Tech. He also said he has yet to decide on a major.

"My mom is a nurse, so I am thinking about that," he said. "That or maybe majoring in sports science."

Last season Castleman proved he is a major Division I prospect by earning All-District 2-5A honors and being 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. That list is growing.

As for his timetable on making a decision, Castleman said, "it could come sometime after spring practice and before next season."

The summer looks like it will hold the key for Castleman, who is definitely going to make some program very happy.

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