The commitment from Casto was a big surprise to many of us who follow recruiting pretty closely in that, he was a heavy Oregon lean for quite some time.
Castro told me when I spoke to him that Oregon hadn't been returning his calls and that he wasn't real thrilled with their response to him in recent weeks, thus he made his decision and told Dawgman.com that he's firm in his choice.
"I've liked Washington for a while and I have a really good relationship with coach (Demetrice) Martin and coach (Steve) Sarkisian," Castro said when we spoke to him Monday night.
Had he not chosen Washington, Castro said his other top schools were Oregon as well as Arizona State, UCLA and LSU, but he also had offers from Oklahoma, Arizona, Mississippi, Colorado and Iowa State among others.
Castro also mentioned that the Husky staff has told him they plan to use him much in the same way that Josh Shirley will be used this fall -- as a stand-up defensive end whose main focus will be pressuring the quarterback.
"That is my dream right there, to get to the quarterback and make him pay for thinking he can throw on (our) defense," he said.
With his commitment, Washington now has two defensive ends committed with a few more names on their radar still.
Whereas fellow 2012 commit Kalei Auelua, from St. Louis High School in Honolulu, Hi., will be a true defensive end who will play with his hand on the ground, Castro will move around and rush from different angles, using his outstanding size and strength to be a menace to tackles, tight ends and running backs trying to predict where he will come from.
Castro's size -- he told me he weighed 250 pounds and is 6'2" -- and long arms will allow him to fend off blockers and his strength will allow him to hold strong at the point of attack.
He pursues well and has the speed and athleticism to track down plays on the opposite side of the field.
Even with Castro and Auelua already in the fold, don't expect Washington to back off of the other defensive ends on their list including both DeForest Buckner and Luke Kaumatule from Punahoou (Honolulu) as well as two Oregon prospects -- Jacob Nall from Central Catholic (Portland) and Tyrone Holmes Eagle Point -- who don't have offers yet, but could with good senior seasons.
Nall, Holmes and Kaumatule are all candidates to play the strongside defensive end spot while Buckner is more of a weakside defensive end with his lean and long frame.
Castro has mentioned to at least one website that he may still consider Oregon should they come back and start pursuing him again, but he wasn't happy with the way they handled his recruitment and it will be interesting to see if he does return that interest.
His relationship with the Husky coaches, along with the presence of his good friend Derrick Brown at Montlake could make it very difficult for him to change his mind.
Jeremy Castro Scout Profile
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