by Kyle Spencer
San Marcos High School Rattlers Football has gotten off to a hot start and currently sit at 2-0 on the season. In those two games the Rattlers have scored over 100 points combined, but the story isn’t their offense. It is their new and improved defense led by senior safety Austin Castillo. I had the pleasure of speaking with this young man to get to know him a little bit better off the field.
Castillo is all football. Even though he runs two track events, the 100 meter and the 4X1, his love and passion is on the gridiron. The love for football goes back to his childhood where he was first put into a set of pads at 5 years old. He was following in his uncle’s footsteps to become a football player. Family is important to Castillo and anytime he can he spends as much time with them as possible.
I like to spend time with family and friends, I like to have a good time.
So far on the season, the starting safety has 3 interceptions in 2 games, more than anyone on the team, and is responsible for multiple tackles and pass breakups. I asked him what he had done to become such an impact player this season and Castillo responded confidently.
I worked hard this summer, I would come up here to this facility and just do footwork drills. Coach handed out some DB drills we should do every week and I would just do those.
As we all know, high school does not last forever. I brought this up to Austin and asked him about his future after high school. Which to no one’s surprise included more football. Although he was unsure about his career outside of football, he knew that wherever he went, Autin wanted to be suited up on the field somewhere doing what he loves.
I hope I get to play some college football.
I asked him if he had any colleges in mind to which he optimistically replied
I’m not sure. Whichever one will take would be good.
The Rattlers will continue their campaign on September, 18 at home against Seguin, and as district play is just around the corner, Austin Castillo is looking to continue to be a leader and playmaker for the San Marcos defense.