Position: Wide receiver
Size: 5-11, 204 pounds
Year: Sophomore (one-year letterman)
Hometown: Rockwall, Tex.
High School: Rockwall High School.
Xavier Castille was a three-star recruit by Scout.com and was rated the 88th best receiver in the nation and 17th in Texas. He was the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Player of The Year in Region II District 11-6A. He was also No. 66 in the Dallas Morning News Area Top 100. In his senior season at Rockwall he caught 90 passes for 1, 622 yards with 19 touchdowns to go with 632 rushing yards with seven more scores.
He played in all 12 of SMU’s games and made four starts. He had 23 catches for 254 yards with two touchdowns. His longest reception went for 40 yards and averaged 11 yards per catch. His biggest game came against East Carolina where he posted a season high 51 yards on three catches and a touchdown.
With Courtland Sutton emerging as SMU’s best receiver last season, Castille had an opportunity to assert himself as the big man’s partner in crime, but he had some issues holding onto the ball. Luckily for him—not so much for SMU though—no other receiver stepped up and provided a consistent second option either, so the job is still very much up for grabs. With James Proche and Alex Honey active, plus the addition of Brandon Benson and Joshua Shelmire, SMU has a lot of options at receiver—not to mention Kevin Thomas, Shelby Walker, and Myron Gailliard.
Castille has to show that he has become a more reliable target this season otherwise the ball can easily be redirected to any of SMU’s other receivers. But no matter who it is, the receiver opposite Sutton should get a ton of looks with defenses zeroing in on SMU’s standout receiver.