Castles Calls it For Cal

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By Jim McGill, Staff Writer
Posted May 24, 2017
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Showing they're serious about bringing the tight end position back to front and center in the Cal offense for the first time in years, the Bears secured their top target at the position with the commitment of South Lake Tahoe tight end McCallan Castles today.

With an impressive 65 catches for 1193 yards and 16 touchdowns his junior season, the 6-5/220 Castles brings an element to the Bears' offensive attack that offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin has expressed a desire to add to his offensive arsenal at Cal.

"I really love what Coach Baldwin has planned for the tight end position there," said Castles. 

The 3 star tight end announced his commitment on twitter this morning.

Said Castles: "After discussing with my family and coaches, I have decided that I will forego my earlier plans. With that said, I would like to announce that I will continue my academic and athletic career at the University of California Berkeley. #Go Bears."

The plan that Castles alluded to in his announcement was to take all five official visits before making a decision after his season.

Though Castles had offers from Ole Miss, Nebraska, Duke, Boise State, Colorado, ASU, OSU, WSU, Utah and more, despite and game effort by the Utes in particular, the Bears were always in the forefront of Castle's mind, especially after his visit to Cal for Junior Day in April.

"It was great," said Castle. "I love the campus and I love the coaching staff. All the facilities are great and it's just a great atmosphere there.

"It was one of the best visits I went on."

With a grandfather that worked in one of the university labs and parents that grew up nearby in Walnut Creek and Orinda, family ties to Cal were another ingredient that gave Castle a strong sense of connection to the program.

"My parents grew up like 15 minutes away from campus so they really love it in Berkeley and I love it there, too," said Castles.

 

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