Campos Willing to Play With, Against Brother

Ben Campos' older brother, Jake, plays at Iowa State. That didn't keep the younger sibling from visiting Iowa recently and entertaining the thought of being a member of the in-state rivals' roster. Ben Campus talked with HI about the possibility.

Iowa is full of divided homes. Hawkeye and Cyclone fans find ways to coexist.

That situation could develop in the Campos household. And the stakes might be higher for the West Des Moines (IA) family than most others.

Jake Campos will be entering his redshirt sophomore season at Iowa State in 2015. His brother, Ben Campos, is a sophomore at his alma mater, Valley High.

Iowa and ISU are recruiting Ben Campos. It shouldn't be assumed that he'll follow Jake to Ames.

"I view it as a fun opportunity to have a brother competition," Ben said of the possibility of playing at Iowa. "What little brother doesn't want to have a chance to beat the big one at something, especially something like football? It would be extremely fun to play against him even if I'm not dressing out my freshman year while he is a 5th-year senior. It would also be equally as fun to play with him and compete against him at practice when I'm on the scout team."

Jake plays offensive tackle for the Cyclones, starting 11 games in 2014. Ben (6-2, 200) plays inside linebacker for Valley.

"I feel like my strengths lie within stopping the run game," Ben said. "I'm good at attacking blockers and clogging holes forcing the runner to go where he doesn't want to go.

"I need to focus on the pass plays a lot more, learning how to read the quarterback and keep an eye on my zone at the same time. I'm also really focusing on hitting the weights hard this off season and doing a lot of speed and agility training."

Ben Campos paced Valley in tackles last fall. He totaled 54.5 stops, which included nine tackles for loss . He added a sack.

The Hawkeyes liked what they saw from Campos and played host to him at their elite junior day last month.

"I took away how dedicated the coaches are to their job and the love of the program; that you practically bleed black and gold when you become a part of the Hawkeye family.  I also took away how dedicated you will have to be if you want to be an athlete of that caliber," he said.

The Iowa coaches provided Campos with feedback.

"They said I had the building blocks to be a very good athlete and hopefully compete at this level as long as I keep working hard to improve in everything that I do," he said.

Campos said he'll be attending an upcoming Iowa State junior day event. He's pleased with how things have progressed with the Cyclones.

"They have gone very well. I am very comfortable with the current staff and they seem comfortable around me. It's been a very nice experience," he said.

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