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How James Castleman ended up anchoring Cowboys’ defensive line instead of Texas Tech’s

Glenn Spencer doesn’t normally keep contact with recruits once they commit elsewhere.

“Move on” is his philosophy.

But a few years back, the Oklahoma State defensive coordinator went against that ideology. He kept calling. He kept texting. He kept checking in with James Castleman even after the defensive tackle committed to Texas Tech.

The reason?

A note from Castleman’s mom.

“Coach, don’t give up on him,” Spencer remembers Kim Castleman writing. “There’s just something not right. Something’s not sitting right.”

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