Webb City (MO) OG/C Trystan Castillo 6'4" 287 thought the possibility of hearing some good news may happen today after talking with his head coach John Rodrique yesterday about his attending Missouri spring football game this afternoon. However, he says he was surprised when the offer came from Coach Pinkel a few hours ago.
"Coach Henson called Coach Rod yesterday, and Coach Rod had a talk with me telling me that I would have to think really hard about some decision coming up soon. So, I had an idea it was a possibility, but I was really surprised when I got the offer," said Castillo. " Coach Ricker met me and my Mom and sister when we arrived today, and Coach Henson joined us and we talked for a while. Then I ate lunch, and they took me to Coach Pinkel's office where he told me that they really liked me and wanted me to be a Missouri Tiger and offered me."
Castillo's surprised quickly turned to happiness.
"I was full of joy and overwhelmed," Castillo said. "I really love Mizzou! It's my home state school, and it's in the SEC, and I just love everything about it! I will be coming back in a few weeks for another unofficial visit to talk with the academic people and make sure that the educational aspects fit me best."
Trystan said he appreciated the Tiger coaches laid back approach and not trying to push for a commitment.
"They told me to really think about it, and if I want to make a decision to be a Tiger that they wanted me to be 100 percent sure, and to talk any other visits or whatever I needed to know I wanted to be a Tiger first. They don't want me to commit until i am absolutely sure, because otherwise it just makes all of us look bad in the end if I am not certain or would de-commit. This made so much sense to me and I really like it.Once I commit I am done."
The athletic Castillo, who self-reports a personal best 40 time of 4.96, along with 4.69 pro agility time, and life maxes of 535 pounds in the squat, 320 pounds in the clean and 315 pounds on his bench press, told me that the Tigers see him playing on the interior for them.
"I already knew that the coaches have told me that they see me as a guard or center if I play for them. I am good with that. I have played mostly tackle in high school, but my last two games last year I played center. the biggest challenge for me at center would be learning to shot gun snap. We don't really use that in our offense at Webb City, but like the coaches told me, former Tiger and Webb City player Adam Spieker never played center before he arrived at Mizzou, and neither did current center Evan Boehm. So, I think I could pick it up too if need be."
Trystan said he plans on majoring either in pre-med or business in college, which is why academics is the number one thing on his list as far as picking a school.
"It is a nice dream to think about playing in the NFL, but I am planning on getting prepared for a career after football, which is why academics is number one on my list in regards to what I am looking for in making a decision. Number two would be family. The atmosphere on campus and if the team is like a family. And number three would be conference and level of competition I would play against. Of course, I would prefer to stay close to home if possible, but I will pick wherever the best fit is for me regardless," said Castillo.
Up next for him is a likely spring game next weekend. He also Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt, Kansas Ole Miss and Indiana are school he has been hearing from the most and could possibly be in line to offer him, joining Northwestern, Arkansas State, Ball State and Western Illinois and now Missouri.
"I have said that I want to make my decision before the start of my senior season, "said Castillo. " However, I think now I will probably be making a decision sometime by the end of May."