Back in 2012, the big news out of the class of 2016 was that No. 1-ranked Brad Dalke had given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Oklahoma. Dalke has been joined by classmate Derek Castillo in making a decision on college at an early age. Castillo has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at UNLV.
Castillo, of Yorba Linda, Calif., is a freshman at Valencia (Placentia) High School, and is an AJGA second-team Rolex All-American. He made unofficial visits to Oregon, USC, UCLA and Arizona State.
“While I could not have made a wrong choice with any of these programs, I felt that UNLV was the perfect fit for me,” Castillo said. “I really like the coaching philosophy, golf facilities and strength-training program, which I feel will maximize my potential as a golfer and person.”
Last summer he won the AJGA ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior and the 4th Annual FCG World Championship at PGA West. In September, Castillo tied for second at the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational.