Not even halfway through his junior year of high school, Jake Campos already is positioned to have his college education paid for. That happens when you're a teenage mountain with athleticism.
"Recruiting wise, I'm going to keep an open mind throughout all this and pick the school I feel most comfortable with," the 6-foot-7, 240-pound offensive lineman said. "I really don't have a plan right now. We're going to visit some campuses this winter. I'm going to try to see where I might feel comfortable."
"Those are the schools in the area that we can get to right now," he said.
Campos is receiving attention from more than four schools, however.
The Cyclones offered him earlier this fall. Iowa came forward with its offer earlier this month. He attended a game at each school this season.
"I've been talking to Coach (Reese) Morgan, their offensive line coach," Campos said of the Hawkeyes. "I've been calling him once every three weeks or so.
"They really like my frame. I'll have the ability to put a lot of weight on and be strong. I have really good footwork. They like my form."
Campos is working on weighing in at 265-270 pounds as a senior.
"I play split tackle," he said. "We run an offense that flips sides, so I can play right or left tackle."
Campos already has an idea for his field of study in college.
"I'm thinking about being an engineer right now," he said. "I'm in an engineering club at school. I'm trying to learn what different areas there are in engineering and decide which one I like."
Campos did not grow up exclusively pulling for Iowa or Iowa State.
"My dad (James) played football in college for Drake," Campos said. "We supported Drake. We rooted for both Iowa and Iowa State. We're not really partial either way."
Campos' fellow Class of 2013 recruit and Valley teammate, Sam Raridon, also holds an Iowa offer.
"We talk a little bit about different coaches who are talking to us," Campos said. "At the beginning, we talked about how it works with phone calls and everything."
The teammates have not discussed going to the same college.
"If we both choose the same school, yes," Campos said. "But I don't think there's anything that would make that more likely to happen."