Castille talks SMU practice, coaching staff

SMU signee and Rockwall product Xavier Castille recapped his visit to SMU practice with Billy!

Rockwall wide receiver and SMU signee Xavier Castille has been kept busy with track season, but has managed to get out to SMU to watch practice the last two weekends.

“It was cool, the atmosphere. All the coaches were hype, everybody was hype,” the 5-11, 195-pound receiver said. “I’m really excited about the whole opportunity. I’m just ready to get up here now.”

The new SMU coaching staff had to sell Castille, who picked SMU over Oklahoma State and Washington, on a vision, but to see the staff in their element now, it’s everything he hoped for.

“Ohh for sure. You can’t really hype up practice. Practice is what you make of it and whatever you put in, you’re going to get out of it,” the three-star receiver said. “I’m just really excited and ready to get out here on the field and do some things with these boys.”

Receivers coach Justin Stepp and Castille developed a strong relationship and it’s only getting better. Stepp was just how Castille expected him to be in practice.

“He’s just as live as everybody is. He’s just like my coach back at my high school,” Castille said. “He’s great. He’s ready to work and comes out with a good attitude every day.”

Fellow signees Ben Hicks, Kevin Thomas, James Proche and Castille had been up at SMU multiple times leading up to spring working on routes and timing. Castille believes that work will pay off come summer and fall camp time.

“As early as possible (we had to start) considering we do have a lot of young guys up and coming, the chemistry is the faster we can do it the better. The more passes we throw and balls we catch, the better.”

In addition to track, Castille has been training hard three to four times a week to get ready because he has big plans for his freshman season.

“Just doing whatever I can to be ready because I want to step in here and make an impact immediately.”

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