Cougs & Bears battling for McCallan Castles; Wazzu sees 6-5 WR lining up at unconventional spot in Air Raid

NEVADA WIDE RECEIVER prospect McCallan Castles has offers from half the Pac-12 and it may come down to Washington State and one other Pac-12 school in the end. Something else that makes WSU’s recruiting compelling of the 3-star prospect: where the Cougs envision the 6-5, 220-pound wideout lining up in the Air Raid.

“They want me to play inside receiver, create mismatches on nickel backs,” said Castles, out of South Lake Tahoe. “They like my catching range, my athletic ability and how long I am. They like how fast I am and how tall I am.”

Castles racked up 1,193 receiving yards on 65 catches with 15 touchdowns as a junior. His ability to high point the catch and a long stride have resulted in double-digit offers.

Washington State and Cal are standing out most, he said.

“Wazzu and Cal are still pretty high on the list -- I really like how they’re still pretty close to home. I like the new coach (Justin Wilcox) at Cal and at Wazzu, I love the Air Raid.  It’s going to be a pretty tough decision,” said Castles, who said Cal projects him as a tight end-type who would also split out wide.

Castles originally planned on making a decision before the season but now sees his verbal pledge coming mid-season after a few official visits.

“We’ll probably narrow it down to the top 8 by the end of the summer,” said Castles. “It depends on the school but at most schools, I’d be a tight end probably.”

Castles visited Cal unofficially in April but has not yet been to Wazzu. He has a tight schedule but is hoping to find a date that works to trip out to Washington State in mid-to-late June. Inside wide receivers coach Derek Sage is running the point on Castles' recruitment and was at South Tahoe last week.

In addition to WSU and Cal, Castles said he is hearing a good amount from Utah and Notre Dame was at South Tahoe this past week (no offer yet).  He said academics and fit will be important parts of his decision.

Castles also stars on the hardcourt at South Lake Tahoe, averaging 15.0 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.6 steals and 3.0 blocks per game this past season.

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