OT Castaneda talks K-State pledge


Robert Castaneda enjoyed Friday on a relaxing beach in Port Arthur, Texas. Minimal time on a cellphone or tablet, and nothing but the sounds of water and sand meeting on occasion. For Castaneda, there were no worries whatsoever.

It was the perfect way for the Round Rock, Texas, offensive lineman to celebrate his most recent accomplishment. Castaneda verbally committed to Kansas State late Thursday. He was the Wildcats’ second commitment of the 2014 class, but after Friday, he was the first of two weekend pledges.

Castaneda, a 6-foot-5, 304-pound offensive tackle, chose Kansas State over an offer from Texas Tech and interest from Baylor and Texas A&M, among other programs. While he said he was high on the Wildcats, Castaneda texted Friday evening that he’d still listen to programs that showed interest.

“I did make a verbal commit to Kansas State,” he said, “but I am still going to give other schools opportunities to look at me give what they have to offer.”

Castaneda was recruited to offensive coordinator Dana Dimel. He took in the program’s junior day last weekend. Castaneda was a first-team, all-district selection as a junior.