|HometownLa Porte, TX|
|High schoolLa Porte|
Originally published Feb. 8, 2007 in the Omaha World-Herald
Castille says: "I like to abuse the defense. Once I get six or seven times in a row touching the ball, I get rolling."
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Castille wasn't overwhelmed by in-state offers, but wide-ranging suitors included Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Louisville, Northwestern and Iowa State.
"Probably the one thing he needs to work on is speed. But he's surprisingly faster than what you'd think a big kid like him would be." -- La Porte coach Jeff LaReau
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Stock rose high enough for Castille to be No. 36 on the final Texas 100 list, compiled by rivals.com. Both rivals and scout.com list him as a fullback.
Not a game-breaker, but he moves well enough to get things done. Castille said NU running backs coach Randy Jordan told him his vision was "amazing." Upright running style might need a little tweaking. Rushed for 1,731 yards as a senior -- his third straight 1,000-yard season -- while averaging 7.9 per carry and scoring 22 touchdowns. In his final regular-season game, Castille set school records with 350 yards and six TDs. Get this: Castille said he played that game at 254 pounds and felt as sharp as ever, but is trying to get back into the 235- to 240-pound range.
Nebraska lost Brandon Jackson to the NFL and began winter conditioning with Cody Glenn and Kenny Wilson nursing injuries. Still, it's hard to say what kind of impact Castille can make next season, especially considering how slowly the Huskers went with Marlon Lucky and Glenn as freshmen in 2005.
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