The recruitment of Lee's Summit (MO) offensive lineman Matt Gauert is still in the evaluation stage, but the 2017 prospect isn’t wasting visit opportunities in the meantime this spring.
The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Gauert, who is drawing interest from Kansas State, Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri, Purdue and Miami (OH) at the early stage of his recruitment, has been on multiple trips already and has more planned by the time spring gives way to summer.
One of those trips was to Iowa State on Feb. 13.
“I was just blown away by the facilities and kind of the persona around the football program and obviously the fan base is incredible. The people they draw are just loyal to Iowa State athletics,” Gauert said. “Just that they were trying to build a program that was going to win championships was kind of the vibe that I was given from Coach [Tom] Manning and Coach [Matt] Campbell. They’re trying to win and they started off right with the last recruiting class coming in late and really getting a lot of recruits in there late.”
Gauert, who is being recruited as an interior lineman at either center or guard, has already been to Kansas State, Miami (OH), Purdue and Kansas in the past and is set to go to Missouri this spring while Purdue and Kansas have also invited him to Junior Days.
Iowa State had been in contact with Gauert with the previous staff and he visited Ames last spring as a sophomore. With the new staff in place, quarterbacks coach Jim Hofher stopped at Gauert’s school this winter.
The Cyclones are still evaluating Gauert, who could return to campus this spring to catch a spring practice. He plans to camp at several interested schools this summer, and that could include Iowa State in June.
“I talked with Coach Manning and Coach Campbell in private for a little bit. They really like my aggression and physicality on the field, just being able to put people down,” Gauert said. “They just said hang in there [and] they really like me. They want me to come up for a practice here in the spring and see how Coach Campbell coaches and go from there. I really want to get back up there again.”