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Wisconsin football recruiting: Andres Castillo commits to Badgers, accepts preferred walk-on offer

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An NFL Coaches son gets a chance to walk on into Madison and make a name for himself.

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With a week left before National Signing Day, most of the Wisconsin Badgers' class of 2016 appears set, at least with scholarship offers.

On Wednesday evening, Olney, Md. (Our Lady of Good Counsel), quarterback Andres Castillo verbally committed to Wisconsin, accepting the Badgers' walk-on offer. He announced his decision via Twitter.

BadgerBlitz.com's Jon McNamara initially reported earlier this month that UW offered a preferred walk-on spot to Castillo, a 6'0, 170-pound recruit.

According to MaxPreps, Castillo only threw 28 passes in 10 games this season, completing 16 of them for 177 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. He ran the ball 36 times for 270 yards and five touchdowns. His Hudl profile below shows him as the signal caller for an offense utilizing read-option looks, primarily as a ball carrier, but being able to roll out to hit receiving targets and stay in the pocket to deliver a pass with a defender blitzing.

From B5Q's Andrew Rosin:

Castillo is interesting, in that he isn't your orthodox quarterback prospect. He's a touch undersized, as he's listed at 6'0 and 170 pounds. He definitely has agility, he moves around in the pocket fluidly and can make a gain when there's green grass and opportunity, though his SPARQ 40-time is 4.99. But the arm? While there are times that it slips into a three-quarter or sidearm motion, it's strong enough to make it work, and he throws it with touch.

So while there is an unorthodoxy to the skill set, you have someone with the toughness to take a hit running the ball, the intangibles of an NFL Coaches son, and an arm that's absolutely worth inviting to your program. There is a chance that Castillo will be joined by an in-state walk-on, as Waukesha West quarterback Conor Blount is set to take an official visit this weekend.

There were no known scholarship offers for the unranked prep standout.