Castro Commits To Oregon

Murrieta (CA) Vista Murrieta four-star defensive end/outside linebacker Jeremy Castro had always known where he wanted to be, but was never sure the dream would become a reality. Good things apparently come to those who wait, as Castro -- a former verbal commit to Washington -- pledged his intentions to sign with Oregon in February after an official visit to remember.

Are you a verbal commit to the University of Oregon?


Describe the overall experience of your official visit to Eugene this past weekend.

"Everything was great. I committed to a great school that I always loved forever and I got to experience the real experience of being a Duck! I loved it."

Before making your visit to Oregon, you were a soft verbal commit to Washington. What transpired to get you to Eugene for an official visit?

"Of course, I talked to all the (Oregon) coaches, but the one coach that hit me the hardest was the head coach (Chip Kelly). I spent two hours in his office and he answered all my questions. He answered everything. He made me feel like I'm already a I'm a special player or a chosen one. Not to say it like that, but he made me feel like I was wanted and like I was perfect; like he was someone that was close to me already."

Would you say that that was the thing that stood out to you the most this past weekend?

"Yeah. I mean, I know it's their job...but it was like damn...boom. It felt real."

Other than your meeting with coach Kelly, what else stood out to you about the visit that made you realize that Oregon is the right place for you?

"The facilities, the academics...I mean, they have really good academics and the coaches care (about that)."

Take us through the weekend. What kinds of things did you get to do while on your visit?

"I got to Eugene around 12 I believe. I got there, ate food, walked around the locker room and then got ready for the game. At halftime, they gave us the best food, the best candy...and then after they gave us to our hosts and my host was Rahim Cassell, a redshirt linebacker. He basically told me the ins and outs about Oregon and that I can start as true freshman as long as I read my plays. We just had fun and played XBOX. The next day was the campus tour and then I left."

What was it like being able to spend time with coach Azzinaro and some of the other coaches?

"It just felt right. They explained everything so thoroughly and it just felt amazing. When I go up there, (Azzinaro) is going to be my coach because he's the defensive line coach. He was just talking to me and he was so excited about having me be a Duck. He said I was a No. 1 guy and he made everything clear."

When did you notify Oregon that you wanted to commit and what was the coaching staff's reaction?

"When I was talking to coach Kelly. They were EXCITED. They were shocked."

There were a number of other recruits who were in town officially visiting as well. Did you get a chance to interact with any of them?

"One of the recruits committed, the guy from Texas (Bryce Cottrell) and then I talked to D.J. (Foster) and I don't know where he wants to go. Shaq (Thompson), he said it's between Cal and Oregon now and he's high on Washington. I didn't really talk to Ellis a lot, but we exchanged numbers and I'll stay in contact to see what's up."

Did anyone accompany you on your trip?

"It was just me."

Are you planning on taking any more visits to other schools?

"I'm pretty set on Oregon, but I'm probably gonna take one or two visits because I told coaches that I would take a visit. Other than that though, I'm set with Oregon."

When are you planning on arriving in Eugene?

"Next summer."

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