Recruiting on the Plains: 2021 Tight End Jed Castles Commits to Texas Tech

It’s #3.

Player: Jed Castles
Position: Tight End
Height / Weight: 6-7/215
High School: Rider (Wichita Falls, TX)
Offers: Texas Tech, Abilene Christian, Hawaii, Houston, Illinois State, Iowa State, Kansas State, New Mexico, SMU, Tulane, UTSA
Recruiting Services: Rivals 5.5 | 24/7 Sports N/R | ESPN
Video: Hudl
Cumulative Ranking: N/A
Commitment Date: April 7, 2020

Texas Tech received their third commitment for the 2021 class with Wichita Falls Rider tight end Jed Castles.

You have three articles to read about Castle’s commitment: Times Record News’ Jonathan Hull; RedRaiderSports’ Matt Clare; and InsideTheRedRaiders’ Jarrett Johnson. The Times Record News article is probably the best and most complete. That article notes that Castles caught 45 passes for 556 yards and 9 touchdowns, most of those coming from Rider quarterback Jacob Rodriguez (6-3/210), who is also on Texas Tech’s radar and has an offer and if you watch his Hudl highlights he’s real good and could probably play anywhere on the field, but he’s got linebacker written all over him as far as I’m concerned. That article also noted that Jacob’s brother, Joshua is a walk-on linebacker.

Not to distract you too much, here’s Castles on his commitment to Texas Tech:

“I don’t know if anything can (keep him from signing with Tech),” said Castles, who checks in at 6-7, 215 pounds. “Tech is such a good school, and it’s close enough for my family to come watch me. Tech was at the top of my list before they even offered me.

“When I was little, I was a huge fan. My dad loved them, too. I always played as Texas Tech on the NCAA video games. … If I get another offer, I’m going to thank them, but tell them I’m happy where I am at right now.”

Castles is long as heck and he has surprising speed. He’s got really nice body control, uses his frame well, catches the ball with his hands, has an excellent read on where he needs to have his body turned and Rodriguez also does a really nice job of putting the ball right where it needs to be for him. Just goes up and gets it. Castles mentions that he’d like to add another 30 pounds and yeah, that’s probably ideal. The Times Record article also notes that Castles has played mostly basketball previously and that’s pretty clear as he’s developed nicely athletically.

Jed, Welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!


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