April 24, 2013

Castaneda anticipates Baylor offer

May Day - May 1 - always has its own meanings to it. But Round Rock offensive tackle Robert Castaneda is anticipating it to be a really good day when it comes to him and Baylor.

A recent meeting with Jeff Lebby resulted in a scheduled return visit. Both Lebby and offensive line coach Randy Clements are expected to watch Round Rock work out in the morning. An offer could follow for the Kansas State commit. The Dragons begin spring football workouts on April 29.

"I've been talking with him since probably mid-March,'' Castaneda said. "Baylor is in my top choices. I have them, Kansas State, Texas Tech and Texas A&M. I really want to know more about them. I talked to coach Lebby, and he said he and coach Clements were going to watch me for the entire practice.''

While he didn't make it to any junior day, Castaneda attended the April 6 spring scrimmage at the Highers Athletic Complex. Castaneda said he got a tour of the campus and visited with head coach Art Briles. Baylor is looking to fill its needs at offensive tackle.

The film verifies the initial feedback the three-year starter is receiving from most of the schools. They like his willingness to play tougher, and there is uncommon quickness for his size. But there's an extra dimension to play on the line: the desire to play. Offensive line is a thankless position to where either those who play it really love it or really just play there because of their size.

What's also apparent is that if any Texas school follows through and offers besides Tech, it makes Castaneda's commitment to Kansas State a little shaky.

"Well, I've already let Kansas State know that I'm going to stay open minded. Texas is where I'd like to play. I'm going to keep taking my visits. I'm thinking I'm going to take my five officials in September.''

Castaneda's recruitment has picked up thanks to an intense offseason strength program that has pushed his limits. He's surpassed them. His bench went from 290 to 355, squat rose from 425 to 500 and power clean increased from 275 to 300.

"It's the hardest thing I've ever done, but I know it's going to pay off,'' Castaneda said. "I can feel the changes in my core and leg strength. I've reached my goals. I'm ready to get padded up.''

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