When Webb City (Mo.) offensive lineman Trystan Castillo saw assistant Alex Golesh had left Illinois for Iowa State earlier this week, the Missouri commit followed him on Twitter and quickly had a conversation.
Within 30 minutes, the 6-foot-4, 280-pound Castillo had an offer.
“I had known [Alex Golesh], he was one of the guys who recruited me at Illinois and offered me,” Castillo said. “I was kind of ecstatic and excited about the whole thing. Coach [Matt] Campbell is a really young coach, one of the premier young coaches right now and he brought in a whole young staff there. After talking with Coach [Tom] Manning, the offensive line coach, they’ve got me pretty excited.”
By Wednesday night, Golesh was in Castillo’s home for an in-home visit.
Castillo, who remains committed to Missouri but is looking around following the retirement of Gary Pinkel, holds Power 5 offers from Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa State while Oklahoma is still making a decision.
“I’m still working out who I’m going to see officially,” Castillo said Wednesday. “After talking with Coach Golesh, I’m pretty set on giving Iowa State one of my official visits in January.”
Castillo will visit Minnesota this weekend and is now looking at a Jan. 15 official to Iowa State after his in-home visit with Golesh.
Iowa State has talked to Castillo about playing center and both he and Golesh have talked about him playing early, much like other schools have. The Cyclones graduated center Jamison Lalk following the 2015 season.
Overall, his in-home visit couldn’t have gone better.
“The visit went wonderful. I couldn’t have rated it any better,” Castillo said. “Coach Golesh is a great guy. Honestly he was straightforward with me, which is another thing I like about him. He said, ‘Listen, I’ve been at Iowa State for about three days now. I can tell you for sure right now they’ve got a great fan base, it’s a beautiful campus and they’ve got great facilities. Other than that we’re kind of learning together.’ I appreciated him being completely honest with me. He wasn’t feeding me this, feeding me that. He was straightforward with me and that’s one of the best things I like already.”
The next step in Castillo’s recruitment is getting to Minnesota, but he isn’t in a hurry to make a decision. He plans to talk with Missouri’s new coach when a hire is made and will also take multiple official visits before deciding.
“Missouri is one of my dream schools, it was the dream school being an in-state kid, but with Coach Pinkel resigning you’ve got to look past your dream sometimes and make the best decision for you, so that’s kind of what I’m doing right now,” Castillo said. “Right now I’m going to take in all my official visits, make sure I make the right decision. If I find the right school and it’s not Missouri then I go and I decommit and go somewhere else and if I go to all these schools and after it all I still think Missouri, then shoot, I might still go to Missouri."