Duke Watching Top Junior Athlete

Clarksville, Md., prospect Michael Campanaro is starting his recruiting out with a bang so far, picking up three offers this week from schools that he attended camps at this summer.

Campanaro is a versatile athlete that could play a number of positions at the next level and should pick up many, many more offers at the year progresses.

Michael Campanaro attended camp at seven different schools this summer and that early exposure is paying off already for the 5-foot-9, 173-pound athlete from River Hill High School. Three offers will be hitting his mailbox this week from what college recruiters have already told him and with the athleticism this young man possesses, it is just the tip of the iceberg.

"Northwestern, Maryland and Akron have all offered," Campanaro explained. "I am also hearing a lot from schools like Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Clemson, Illinois, Duke, Connecticut and Louisville already. There are some more, but I can't think of them off the top of my head right now."

Northwestern - "I feel like Northwestern is a great fit because I got a great vibe from the coaches at camp and think their offensive scheme really fits my strengths. I liked the atmosphere on campus there and they are one of the top academic institutions in the nation, so I know I would walk out of there with a great future regardless of what happened on the football field."

Akron - "That was the first camp I went to and the new facilities were really outstanding at Akron. I really liked the coaching staff and thought they were all cool people and actually watched them beat Army yesterday which was exciting to see."

Maryland - "I grew up a Maryland fan and always wanted to stay close to home and play for the Terps, so it would be cool to end up there so my family and friends could come see me play, but I am going to explore all of my options. I have already been to two or three practices this year and really like both Coach (Dave) Sollazzo and Head Coach (Ralph) Friedgen."

As a sophomore, Campanaro carried 120 times for 1044 yards and seven touchdowns. He also caught 26 passes for 601 yards and eight touchdowns. That is a gaudy 8.7 yards per carry and 23.1 yards per reception. He also added 66 tackles and three interceptions on defense.

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