The 45th Blair Cherry Award named after the late Amarillo High and University of Texas football coach was presented on Tuesday. The award honors the top collegiate football player from one of the four high schools in the Amarillo Independent School District. Sponsored by the Palo Duro Chapter of the American Business Club.
This years winner is former Amarillo High and current Oklahoma State defensive lineman James Castleman.
The other nominees were Tion Wright of Tascosa and future Baylor defensive back, Nathan Askins of Caprock and Wayland Baptist University and Wayland teammate Chris Acosta of Palo Duro.
Castleman joins an elite group of winners over the past 45yrs that includes of hand full of NFL players.
By claiming the honor, Tuesday January 7th 2014 was declared "James Castleman Day" in Amarillo by Mayor Paul Harpole.