Inside Presence

Inside Presence

Following in the tradition of other strong Denver Mullen linebackers, 2013 inside backer Castille Bayers is a player to watch.

Over the past few seasons Denver Mullen High School has developed some of the best linebackers in Colorado. Two seasons ago the Mustangs placed starters Leilon Willingham, Connor Healy and Brady Daigh at DI colleges. This season Mullen boasts two very good linebackers in Air Force bound Patrick Healy and uncommitted inside backer Castille Bayers.

Bayers, a 6-2 225 pound inside run stuffer, was part of a Mullen defense that allowed 13 points a game last season. Well placed on the inside, Bayers gets after the run with authority registering nearly 100 tackles last season. Running a 4.8 forty Bayers is not only a run stuffer but he can also make plays in pass defense as he registered an interception for a TD and had multiple passes defended.

Thus far this summer Bayers has camped at San Diego State, Air Force and Arizona State. Bayers said the camps went well and of this group San Diego State may be the closest to making an offer. Arizona State and Air Force are taking a wait and see approach and want to see Bayers' first couple of games next season. Along with these schools Bayers says Colorado, Boise State, Washington State, Oregon State and Michigan State have been in contact.

In breaking down his own game, Bayers cites "physicality and instincts" as his greatest strengths. On the areas to improve Bayers wants to work on speed and strength, hoping to play next season at 230 pounds while also getting faster.

By no means a finesse player, Bayers' game is somewhat of a throwback with his ability to work between the tackles, take on blockers and stop the run. A college team looking for a physical presence would do well to make a stop by Mullen this fall and check out Bayers' game.

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