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INSIDER: What Matt Campbell is up to this week


It’s all about finishing strong.

That was Matt Campbell’s mindset during the lead up to the first Wednesday of February a year ago. Things are much different now, being the the majority of Iowa State’s 2018 recruiting class is already inked, but the head coach will be on the road all week.

Here’s a quick look at where Campbell will be and what he will be doing. 

MONDAY: Visiting J.T. Ibe, a graduate transfer safety out of Rice. It’s looking like Ibe will officially visit Iowa State this weekend, though that has not been confirmed.

TUESDAY: Campbell will be in the city of Detroit visiting a handful of 2019 prospects. With most of the 2018 class done, it has allowed Iowa State to really get a head start on 2019 and beyond.

WEDNESDAY: Campbell will be in Minnesota paying Bryce Benhart a visit. Benhart, a 6-foot-7, 295-pound offensive lineman, already has offers from the likes of Wisconsin, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, UCLA, Minnesota, Northwestern and others. The 2019 prospect unofficially visited Iowa State last October.

On Wednesday night, Campbell will pay Bobby Lawrence a visit in St. Joe, Mo. Lawrence, an already committed (but not signed) 2018 offensive linemen, recently picked up offers from Nebraska and Missouri over the weekend. Lawrence, a one-time Illinois State commitment, is supposed to grayshirt next season in Ames.

THURSDAY: Campbell will return to the state of Iowa and meet with notable 2019 and 2020 prospects.

There is still plenty of work to be done with the 2018 class but as you can see, 2019 and beyond is the clear focus here.