Campos Sees Iowa, Missouri

Jake Campos has attended junior days at Iowa and Missouri the last two weekends. The Hawkeyes alreay had offered him a scholarship before his trip to Iowa City. The Tigers came through with an offer on Saturday.

Iowa views Jake Campos as a left tackle. It's a position where the Hawkeyes have developed serious talent in the last decade.

Robert Gallery, Marshal Yanda and Bryan Bulaga were drafted into the NFL. Riley Reiff, who left after his junior season of 2011, has been tabbed as a likely first-rounder in this April's NFL selection process.

It's a solid selling point for Iowa on the recruiting trail. Campos sees it differently.

"It's a nice statistic just to know that they are producing great players and they're teaching them the right technique, but that really doesn't have an effect on me," the 2013 prospect from West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley High said. "I need to find the right fit for me."

It's been a busy couple of weeks for the 6-foot-7, 240-pounder. He attended junior days at Iowa and Missouri already this month. The Hawkeyes had offered a scholarship, and the TIgers extended him the opportunity on Saturday.

"They pulled me aside and I went into a separate office with Coach (Gary) Pinkel," Campos said. "Coach Pinkel talked to us for a little bit. After a bit, he came out and said they were extending me an offer."

Iowa State and Purdue also have offered the Central Iowa standout.

"Right now, I'm trying not to think about it too much," Campos said. "I'm going to take it in stride. It's a big honor to get all of these opportunities, but I don't really see it as a big deal. I still have a long way to go to get better."

Campos unofficially visited Iowa for its game against Northwestern in October. On his junior day trip Feb. 5, he had a chance to get to know people a little more.

"The Iowa visit was great," he said. "We saw all the different coaches. We talked to them a lot, especially Coach (Reese) Morgan. We saw some of the facilities and I really liked it.

"They said they really like my athleticism and my footwork. They see me at the left tackle position."

After his visit with the Hawkeyes, Campos learned that his lead recruiter, Morgan, would be switching from being the offensive line coach to the defensive line coach.

"I really like Coach Morgan. He's a great coach," Campos said. "He would have been great to play for, but I'm sure that anyone they get to coach offensive line there will be great. My view of them really hasn't changed."

Campos said his visit to Columbia, MO matched what he was at Iowa.

"We met all of the (Missouri) coaches right away," Campos said. "That was great. They have two separate O-Line coaches (Josh Henson and Bruce Walker) . I really got along with both of them really well. I also hit it off with the offensive coordinator (David Yost).

"Everyone who I talked to, I got along with well. The facilities were just outstanding. Even the food hall and the weight room were just amazing."

Campos heard similar compliments from the Tigers coaches to what he heard from the Iowa staff.

"Once again, it was the athleticism and the foot speed," he said. "They think I have the athletic ability to play that left tackle position. They also see me having the frame to put on the weight needed."

Campos plans to visit Oklahoma during spring break.

"We're going to go down to Texas to visit relatives, but we're stopping at the Oklahoma campus," Campos said. "We're going to look around there a little bit. We've been talking to Coach (Bruce) Kittle there.

"We just started talking right now, so we're just still getting to know each other. Hopefully, we can talk more about football when we get down there."

Campos has tentative plans to camp at Iowa, Iowa State and Missouri this summer. There could be changes or different schools in the mix by then, though.

"I'm just going with the flow," Campos said of the recruiting process. "It would be nice to have it done before next season, but really I have no idea how long it will take."


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