Webb City (Mo.) offensive lineman and Missouri commit Trystan Castillo has become a priority for the new Iowa State coaching staff and received his second in-home visit in as many weeks Monday night.
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound prospect, who had a preexisting relationship with new assistant Alex Golesh from his time at Illinois, netted an Iowa State offer and visit from Golesh last week before new coach Matt Campbell, Golesh and offensive line coach Tom Manning stopped in this week.
“It went really good,” Castillo said. “It was my first time talking to Coach Campbell and he was a real straightforward guy. The biggest thing for me was a coach be real with me, not bsing me or just telling me what I want to hear and these coaches have done that exactly.”
Castillo holds offers from Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa State among others and is currently still committed to Missouri. The No. 1-ranked guard in Missouri visited Minnesota over the weekend and expects to visit Missouri, Mississippi State and Iowa State before making a decision on what he’ll do.
Castillo is expecting to visit Iowa State on Jan. 15.
“They want me to come in and play center,” Castillo said of what he’s heard from Iowa State so far. “They love how I play extremely hard and the things I do on the football field and love how hard I work in the classroom. They like to play their best linemen at center because he is the core of their offense, he pull blocks down, blocks a nose by himself and helps make calls and keys, so they believe in me to come in and play center for them."
Iowa State is in search of adding depth at center after graduating Jamison Lalk from this past season. Castillo has been talked to by Iowa State and others about contributing early at the collegiate level.
That has been one of many messages from Manning.
“I love that guy,” Castillo said. “Offensive line coach wise, out of all the coaches I had met, he's become my new favorite. He's [a] great, funny, honest person but when it comes down to business he's serious about what he wants done and made sure to relay [that] to me and that's exactly how I want it.”
Castillo’s relationship with offensive line coaches will ultimately be one of his biggest factors, and Iowa State has built a new relationship quickly.
“The biggest thing is to get more familiar with the offensive line coaches at the places I visit because I will spend more time with them than the head coach. That's a big factor for me,” Castillo said. “So factors for me would be offensive line coach, school, atmosphere.”