Recruiting News from AIGA 7-on-7

Get updates on Jeremy Castro, Ishmael Adams, Kodi Whitfield and others from the AIGA Memorial Weekend 7-on-7 Tournament...

Castro Ready to Commit?

It's no secret that Oregon leads for Murrieta (CA) Vista Murrieta outside linebacker Jeremy Castro, and the talented prospect could be close to committing to the Ducks.

Castro was one of the top defensive players that participated in the AIGA 7-on-7 Tournament this weekend. At 6-3, 245 pounds, he usually plays on the defensive line, but on Saturday he tried his hand at outside linebacker.

"It's hard messing with these skinny guys," Castro said. "I'm defensive end so this is kind of weird. It's going to help me because at my school I'm going to be playing standup defensive end so I'm just working on my pass coverage skills right now."

Castro mentioned Oregon and Oklahoma as his top two schools. He went on to say that he could make a decision by August or early September.

"They have a great coaching staff, academics and facilities," Castro said of the Ducks. "I'm trying to take a trip to Oregon because I am thinking about committing to Oregon.

"If it's something that I like then I am going to commit on the spot because (Oregon) is my number one."

Whitfield Racking Up Offers

Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola wide receiver Kodi Whitfield continues to add offers from around the nation, with Boston College and Colorado bringing his tally to double-digits.

The interest from the ACC and Pac-12 schools caught Whitfield off guard.

"At first, they came as a surprise because we really hadn't any real contact with those two schools," Whitfield said. "For Boston College to come out to a workout and offer me, that was pretty cool to show they have some interest. I've been building some interest in them as well."

Whitfield is setting up a series of unofficial visits this summer, and the Eagles have clearly made an impact.

"I'm definitely going to check out Boston College," he said.

Already holding offers from Arizona State, Boise State, Cal Poly, Duke, Northwestern, UCLA and Washington, Whitfield plans to set a top five by the start of his senior season.

"Right now, I have no real favorites," Whitfield said. "Just trying to get a feel for every school and what they have to offer. There are schools from all over, from the West Coast to the East Coast."

The son of former Stanford offensive tackle Bob Whitfield, Kodi said an offer from his father's alma mater could be a game-changer, as would their intersectional rival Notre Dame. Whitfield took in the Irish's spring game last month.

Adams Planning Unofficial Visits

As one of the elite high school programs in Southern California, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian has been bombarded with visits from college coaches, resulting in a trickle down effect for standouts like cornerback Ishmael Adams.

"We haven't gotten a break," Adams said. "All the players are (meeting) the coaches. Coach (Bill) Redell is showing everybody who is coming (by). It's a fun time though."

Already holding offers from most of the Pac-12, Cal could be next to do so.

"They want me to call and see what's up," said Adams, who has already committed to participate in the inaugural Cal State All-Star Game this December and has an invitation to the Army All-American game as well.

Adams has been holding out hope for an offer from USC, but now that the Trojans' appeal of NCAA sanctions was denied, limiting them to 15 scholarships for the Class of 2012, he knows it may no longer be possible.

"I'm not sure if it's coming," Adams said. "I haven't heard anything official so I'm not really worried about it.

"If I keep what I have, I'll be fine. If others come, I'll take a look at those schools also."

Adams plans to visit Arizona State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington unofficially this summer.

Mendoza Getting Noticed

2012 linebacker Carlos Mendoza sometimes gets overlooked playing alongside so many talented players at Westlake (CA) Oaks Christian, but college coaches are starting to take notice of his skills.

Mendoza currently has offers from Arizona State and Air Force and is starting to hear from several other schools.

ASU: "They are losing a couple of linebackers this year so if I were to go in there I would probably have a good chance to start as a true freshman. I really like their school and want to take a trip out there."

Air Force: "Air Force is a great school. A couple of my family members have fought for our country and it would be a great opportunity to give back our country.

Boise State, USC and UCLA are other schools that are showing interest and Mendoza thinks the Broncos could be close to extending an offer.

Hot Reads

- Anaheim (CA) Servite linebacker Butch Pauu, who is one of the top defensive players in Southern California, is up to five scholarship offers: BYU, Washington, Iowa State, Nebraska and Colorado.

"I want to take my visits before making a decision," Pauu said.

Utah and Oregon are two schools that are also showing a lot of interest in the three-star linebacker.

- Lynwood defensive back Diamonte Wiggins continues to see his recruitment heat up with New Mexico State and Boise State the latest schools to stop by his campus. Wiggins said the Nevada staff is going to watch his film and get back to him on Tuesday about a possible offer.

He plans to camp at Cal in June.

- A name college coaches will want to remember is Davonte Young. The 2013 running back from St. John Bosco showed off his athleticism and versatility during the AIGA 7-on-7 Tournament this weekend. Young found his way into the end zone all day – adding a pair of touchdowns in Team Alliance Sports' championship game victory over Team 1925.


Servite linebacker Butch Pauu is one of the top defensive players in Southern California.


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