"I had a chance to meet other players other than just KiAnte as like don't get me wrong, KiAnte is my boy and will always be one of my best friends, but meeting other players was good too," Mizzou OL commit Trystan Castillo said to GopherDigest. "I also got to look at my academic schedule and the coaches at Minnesota answered all of my questions as well as my mother's about academics and schooling, so that was good too."
Castillo also liked where he saw around Minnesota's campus.
"The campus and facilities there are amazing," Castillo explained. "I mean there isn't really any other way to put it. They are first class. Specifically though, I really like their locker room. I like how they rope off the "M" in the middle and if they win, it's like a giant party on the M after the game. That's really cool. I also liked the technology they use in the weight room / practice field / game field where it keeps track of how hard you're working or how much area you've covered. Coming from a school that doesn't really use that stuff, it was really intriguing to me."
Hanging out with the Gopher players was another high to the visit for Castillo.
"KiAnte Hardin was my host and I loved it," Castillo told GopherDigest. "He was telling about the school and his adjustments when he got up there this past summer. You know Minnesota isn't as cold as everyone thinks, it felt great outside. You had to wear a jacket or hoodie, but I've got to do that in the winter in Missouri. I also spent a lot of time with Hunter Register, Antonio Johnson, Rashad Still, Winston DeLattiboudere, Steven Richardson, Gaelin Elmore and Bronson Doivch as that's the group I hung out with all weekend. It was just like hanging with the guys in Webb City, so I can see what KiAnte adjusted so easy. That's what I liked a lot."
Minnesota's coaches also had to get in their word with the SEC commit.
"I talked a lot with Coach Reeves, Sherels and Claeys during the visit as well," Castillo said. "Reeves is taking over the offensive line until they find the new offensive line coach and he was also one of the coaches for my in-home visit last week. Reeves is also coming to watch me play basketball Tuesday night as well. He was just making sure I was enjoying the visit and was talking with my mom about things. Sherels in a younger coach so he was just hanging out with us and the players at dinners. It was just great to be with those guys. Coach Claeys message to my family and I was that if I decide on Minnesota, it's because I want to. Not anyone else. He also told me that they're going to get a coach who is going to develop me into the best offensive lineman I can be and that'll be one of the coaches pushing me in the trenches. They want me and he wanted me to make sure I knew that. I liked all of what I heard from the Gopher coaches."
Minnesota is in a great place for the Mizzou commit.
"I'd give my Minnesota visit a 10/10 and they're right at the top of my list right now. The visit truly couldn't have gone any better," Castillo told GopherDigest Sunday night. "The visit was so good because they answered all of my questions going into the visit and I was able to get familiar with the academic parts as well. I was able to see why they were saying such good things about Minnesota. My mom also agrees with me as she thought it went really well. What's next for me though is I'm going to take the rest of my visit and make a decision."