Justin Castor Commits
Justin Castor became KU's 9th known commitment for the Class of 2010 on July 30. The 6'5", 180 lbs. kicker has not yet been rated by Rivals or ESPN, but is listed as the 18th best kicker in the nation by Scout.
The Arvada, CO native also had an offer from Wyoming and was drawing interest from K-State, Colorado, and Stanford.
This prospect came out of nowhere at the KU Kicking Camp this summer and thoroughly impressed the coaches.
He became a bit of a priority for the staff. While it is highly unusual for any school to offer a kicker a scholarship out of high school, and even more unusual for a school to do it as an pre-season recruit, according to reports, "he was just too good a prospect to pass up."
So why a kicker? The Arvada West standout has a leg. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. As a sophomore 13 of 59 kickoffs were touchbacks.
As a junior the number skyrocketed, 36 of 62 kickoffs were touchbacks. He has good form and is only going to get stronger. He also kicked three FG's as a sophomore and nine as a junior. Somehow he managed to haul in a receiving touchdown as well.
He is an all-around quality athlete. He placed seventh in the triple jump at the Colorado High School 5A track meet as a junior and was also honorable mention Colorado All-State 5A in basketball as a junior.
He has been on his high school's varsity football team since he was a freshman and was named to first team All-State as a junior and honorable mention as a sophomore.
At this time, it is uncertain what kind of impact Castor will have with Jacob Branstetter still on the roster. Branstetter will be a junior when Castor arrives on campus, so there is plenty of room to redshirt Castor in preparation for the future. Although with the strength of his leg, Castor may play immediately on kickoffs.
Keeston Terry Rumors
Rumors are beginning to surface that Nebraska commit Keeston Terry may be changing his verbal to KU. Terry, a Four-Star wide receiver prospect from Blue Springs, MO committed to the Huskers in May. Terry is the son of former KU standout Doug Terry.
When the news broke that Terry had committed, some of us on Hawk Digest commented that we wouldn't be surprised if he changed his commitment before signing day unless he was 100 percent committed to Nebraska and their program.
This statement had little to do with Nebraska's coaching staff or the quality of their teams, but rather all of the ties that Terry had to KU's program.
While nothing is certain, it appears that Terry is having second thoughts on his commitment. He may reaffirm his commitment to Nebraska, he may commit to KU, or he may look elsewhere. With signing day still seven months away, a lot can happen.
I have yet to officially hear any rumblings on any of the big three (ESPN, Rivals, Scout) there is a lot of talk around Lincoln, Lawrence, and the Kansas City area. There are currently threads on the Nebraska and KU forums on Scout. There have also been snip-its noted on several reputable KC area recruiting blogs since mid-June.
There are rumors that he has already talked to HC Bo Pelini and informed him. There have been rumors that Tyler Gabbert has been calling Terry to get him to re-affirm his commitment to the Huskers. There are also rumors that Terry has been deleting Nebraska fans from his Facebook account.
My friend Terry claims to be one of these fans (side note, I honestly think that it is tacky to try to add football/basketball players and recruits to your social networking pages unless you actually know the kids...people spam their accounts just so they can get close to them).
There are a lot of rumors floating around, all of them without any solid backing, but I tend to think of the old saying "where there's smoke, there's fire."
It is like the Briscoe rumors that have been floating around since May about his academic standings...there was nothing concrete about any of them...and then HC Mark Mangino mentioned something about Dez having to complete some course work before he would be eligible to play this fall.
I personally won't believe any of these rumors until I see something official from Terry or his family, but the longer these rumors grow legs, the more truth there may be to them.
In Other Recruiting News
• Columbia Rock Bridge tight end Trey Millard has narrowed down his list to three. KU didn't make the final cut.
• Justin McCay has reopened his recruiting after the death of his father last month. He recently attended the University of Florida's Friday Night Lights camp. He is expected to narrow his list before he starts school in the fall.
• Four-Star running back prospect Delans Griffin (Clinton, OK) has recently made his offer from KU public. He rushed for nearly 2000 yards as a junior, in addition to catching 12 passes and averaging nearly 40 yards per kickoff return and 30 yards per punt return.
Griffin has expressed a desire to stay in the state of Oklahoma and play for the Sooners or Cowboys, but neither has offered as of yet. With two RB commits already, it is unlikely that OU will offer.
Oklahoma State will have at least nine scholarship running backs on their roster for the fall of 2010, it is unknown whether or not they have the scholarship space to extend him an offer.
Griffin has solid track speed. He was clocked several times in 2009 in the mid-10 second range with a PR of 10.54 in the 100m and in the low 22's for the 200m. He finished first in the 100 and second in the 200 in 4A at the Oklahoma state track meet.
Thankfully, it has been a very slow week in recruiting...after the last couple of weeks, one of these is needed.
• Offensive Tackle Luke Burleson from Allen, TX has committed to Baylor.
• Athlete Lovocheya Cooper from Arp, TX has committed to Oklahoma State.
Justin Castor Commits