Evaluation: ASU commit Hunter Kampmoyer

Arizona State picked up its first commitment of the 2016 class last week and from the looks of how things have unfolded since, it looks as though the early bird got the proverbial worm.

Hunter Kampmoyer, a 6-foot-4, 240 pound two-way standout at Bishop Union High School in far-flung Bishop, Calif., received his first offer sight unseen from the Sun Devils and as a result decided to visit the school for a recent Junior Day event and subsequently committed a few days after returning home.

The Sun Devils' gamble on a film-only offer appears to have paid off, as subsequent to his commitment Kampmoyer has received offers from Boise State and Cal, and seen interest increase exponentially. A look at Kampmoyer's junior season film makes it relatively easy to see why, from our evaluatory perspective.

Kampmoyer combines an impressive frame and muscular structure with rare limberness for someone his age, and it's from that foundation that a great football prospect at the defensive end and tight end positions he plays can be erected over the course of a career.

We like Kampmoyer a little more in terms of his ultimate ceiling as a rush end/outside linebacker than as a tight end, but deem him to be a very good BCS prospect at either spot and expect other analysts will come to a similar conclusion as they begin to get an opportunity to see him in person, starting with this Sunday's Nike Opening Regional in Redondo Beach, Calif.

Looking at Kampmoyer from a defensive standpoint, he operates from a terrific base that is either extremely well self-taught or smartly coached. Having an economical first two steps is essential to the success of players at this position, and on film you rarely see Kampmoyer false step, and when he needs to make aggressive big-stride attacks in pursuit off the snap, he uncoils fluidly and with impressive instincts that appear innate.

Certainly the competition he plays against is very poor, but that in no way has anything to do with the way in which his movement skills are very desirable and translative to success at the position. He has the ability to bend and move and change directions more easily than a lot of BCS prospects at the position, and is difficult to move off his arc when not squarely struck, which means it's harder to chip him and other similar techniques on the edge.

To all of this, Kampmoyer also has a remarkably well timed and apparently natural swim move that he incorporates when speed rushing on the outside, and also does a nice job of unbalancing offensive linemen with leverage techniques when operating in tighter quarters. That, couple with his impressive motor, make him an unstoppable terror at the low level of football he plays, and that is reflective in his eye-opposing junior season stats, which include 123 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and 13 sacks.

The pursuit and short space explosion to close down distance to ball carriers is also apparent on film with Kampmoyer, as is his heavy contact and good eye discipline and awareness. You're going to know it and feel it when he reaches you as a ball carrier, and he's quite consistent about making opportunity tackles, and usually is in the right place at the right time because his overall awareness level. When he's not able to impact the backfield or quarterback, he finds a way to deflect or alter a lot of throws by having active hands and good timing in passing lanes.

The biggest questions about Kampmoyer surround whether he's continue to remain as limber and fluid as he continues to physically mature and age and gain strength. If he can, and also stay injury free, he has quite a good ceiling and can play at highest BCS level.

On offense, Kampmoyer reminds somewhat of a more athletic and slightly bigger framed version of current ASU player Kody Kohl. Usually at the high school level he plays wide receiver or flexed out tight end and is used as a pass catcher, but when he's in the box he uses his ideal leveraged get off and strong base as an explosive blocker.

Given the amount of ground he's able to cover and how sudden and potent he is for his size out of a stance, when meshed with the effectiveness with which he uses his hands, Kampmoyer has elite potential as an in-line blocker. He really knows how to coordinate his movement and get his feet underneath him without sacrificing anything from a power or timing standpoint, and that's much harder than it might sound for high school and even college athletes. He's really a natural in this regard.

Range and vertical playmaking capability likely won't be a strength for Kampmoyer as he continues to physical develop but there's little doubt in our mind that he's capable of running routes and being a weapon in the passing game, especially from the in-line position. Even so, he's versatile enough that he can fluidly move through ASU's different offensive structures out of a no huddle environment. His hands as a pass catcher appear solid, not great, but but that's not going to be a major concern about his prospects if he remains on offense.

Overall, we really feel Kampmoyer would be a much more in-demand prospect if he lived in the metro-Los Angeles area or another recruiting hotbed, and won't be surprised to see him really become more broadly appreciated in the coming weeks and months. As a prospect, he's one of the best ASU commits we've seen at the positions he plays in recent years.


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