What the Oklahoma State Cowboys have in the 6-2, 300-pound James Castleman is an athletic defensive tackle with the ability to make plays up and down the line. Probably had the biggest play of the season for Oklahoma State in 2013 when he forced and then recovered a fumble at the goal line in the win over No. 3 Baylor. Castleman earned honorable mention all-Big 12 honors in 2013 after posting 33 tackles and blocking a pair of kicks. With 2014 dawning, Castleman must take up the slack, both statistically and from a leadership standpoint, left by the departure of a pair of all-conference defensive linemen.
Originally was a Texas Tech commit after starring at Amarillo High School in Amarillo, Texas. Chose the Cowboys late in the recruiting process after being a two-time all-state selection. Was selected the district defensive MVP as a senior and also earned all-league honors as a punter. Had 62 tackles, including 10 for loss, as a senior. Played basketball as a prep and left high school as the all-time leading scorer and rebounder, earning all-district mention three straight years. Did track and field as well, where he was a district and regional champion before taking fourth at state in the shot put.
As a true freshman in 2011, Castleman played in 11 games and recorded seven tackles and one quarterback hurry. In 2012, he moved into the starting lineup and started 12 games before missing the finale due to an injury. Recorded 30 total tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss, a sack, interception and three pass breakups during the season. In 2013, he started all 13 game at defensive tackle, finishing with 33 tackles, five for loss. Added a sack, pass breakup and two fumble recoveries for the Cowboys.
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