Iowa State has made Webb City (Mo.) offensive lineman Trystan Castillo a priority from the staff’s first week on campus when it first offered the talented prospect and then visited him multiple times in the following weeks.
Now Iowa State’s hopeful future center is ready to visit.
“Really whenever I talk to Coach [Tom] Manning I talk to Coach [Alex] Golesh and Coach [Matt] Campbell too, I kind of talk to all three of them every time we’re on the phone,” Castillo said. “I know that they really want me to go there and they’re really excited about me as a player. You look at it and it’s really enticing and I really like Iooking into my visit with Iowa State especially with Coach Manning winning Offensive Line Coach of the Year. I’m looking forward to it.”
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound prospect, who had a preexisting relationship with Golesh from his time at Illinois, is a priority for Iowa State and will visit the Cyclones from Jan. 15-17 as he nears a decision on his future.
Castillo remains committed to Missouri but began looking at his options following the retirement of Gary Pinkel. Missouri, Iowa State and Minnesota have been key schools in his mix while Rutgers, Illinois, Clemson and Arkansas have recently entered the mix, though the second two have yet to offer.
Castillo is ranked as the No. 40 overall guard in the 2016 class and is the No. 1 guard in Missouri, though most schools see his future at center.
“Really a big thing that’s going into it as of right now [is] offensive line coach,” Castillo said. “Three-fourths of the schools that are recruiting me don’t have offensive line coaches or did and they just got new hires and so I’m having to meet them and get used to them and things like that. Offensive line coach will play a big part in it and every single school I’ve talked to obviously has my intended major that I’d like to look into. They’re all Power 5 football, so most of them are Big Ten, SEC or Big 12 schools. The biggest thing is how well my visit goes is basically what it’s going to come down to.”
Rutgers, Arkansas and Clemson would like to get Castillo in for visits while Missouri wants him to save the final weekend of the month for a trip to Columbia. Missouri coaches will stop in before his Iowa State trip and again the following week as it works to retain him.
Next on his agenda, though, is Iowa State.
“I want to get a feel for the campus, a feel for the guys,” Castillo said of his weekend trip. “Honestly I’d rather hang out with the sophomores and the juniors rather than the seniors because they’re not going to be there when I get on campus. So get a feel for the campus, get around the guys, things like that.”
Castillo is still getting a feel for his main mix of schools, but is sure of one thing. The senior will make his decision the week of Signing Day.
“I have decided that I’m going to officially announce my commitment to everybody on February 1,” Castillo said.