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Amarillo's James Castleman could be best of Oklahoma State's five defensive tackle recruits

He's a three-sport star and a three-star recruit. But most of all, Amarillo's James Castleman is explosive, an asset his high school coach says will serve him well at Oklahoma State.
By BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Modified: February 1, 2011 at 10:40 pm •  Published: February 1, 2011
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As for Castleman, he will arrive in Stillwater with a reputation for explosiveness that in high school helped him shed blockers while creating havoc in opposing backfields.

“His explosive first three steps, especially his first step, I think that's what gives him an advantage,” Maxfield said.

Castleman, who de-committed from Texas Tech to commit to the Pokes on Jan. 25, was a dominating force for Amarillo earning All-State honors twice in his career. Maxfield's words reveal the best-case scenario for Castleman's future in an OSU uniform.

“He played nose tackle for us, which entailed him being triple teamed,” Maxfield said. “He's such a team-first guy he didn't have gaudy stats but he freed up our other players to make a lot of plays.”

If Castleman can become an interior force for the Cowboys that requires double teams, he could make a big difference on the defensive line — and a big impact on the defense's overall success — during his OSU career.

“I think he has more room (to grow),” Maxfield said. “I don't think he's flattened out (peaked) in any form or fashion.”

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