Campbell Comes Away Impressed By Iowa

Roderick Campbell Jr. made the trip from St. Louis to Iowa City on Saturday to get an up-close look at the Hawkeyes. The talented cornerback talked with HI about what he saw and heard and where things stand between he and the Big Ten school.

Roderick Campbell Jr. settled in for his four-hour drive from his St. Louis home to Iowa City Saturday morning. The talented cornerback looked forward to visiting the Hawkeyes.

Assistant Coach Jim Reid provided Campbell Jr. with an escort of sorts. It helped the long ride go a little faster.

"He is really down to earth, always upbeat and really caring. On my way up to Iowa, he checked in on me to see how the ride was about five times. I started building my relationship last year when he came up to my school and it went on from there," Campbell Jr. said.

The Hawkeyes offered a scholarship to Campbell Jr. last month. They followed reported offers from Notre Dame, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Northwestern and Purdue. Arizona State jumped in on Saturday shortly after his Iowa visit.

Several schools are standing out to Campbell Jr., who attends Chaminade College Prep.

"Iowa is definitely one of the top schools after (Saturday's visit) along with Indiana, Duke and Northwestern. I would like to start narrowing things down by the time the summer approaches so I can make a decision before the season starts," he said.

Campbell Jr. didn't know what to expect from the Hawkeye stop. He left town with an excellent understanding of what the Big Ten school had to offer.

"I enjoyed everything. All of the coaches genuinely wanted me there and their facilities were amazing. Everything had a family feel about it and really made me feel comfortable with the program," he said.

"Also, I talked with some of the players after watching the practice and they had a lot of good things to say about playing for (Head) Coach (Kirk) Ferentz. It is a college town that loves football. I was very impressed."

Campbell said a tour of Iowa's academic offerings stood out to him. He's considering a major in Biology.

"They showed me the support system I would have there and the opportunities I would have even after football. They showed me the study halls and the student athlete center were it is specifically for student athletes to be tutored and go to seminars," he said.

The ability to watch a spring workout provided Campbell with a good feel for what the program is about on the field.

"I really liked the intensity I saw at the practice and I could see myself fitting right in that system. They were very physical and focused on the little details," he said.

Campbell enjoyed his face-to-face time with Ferentz.

"Coach Ferentz really expressed his interest in me playing for him. It was nice to get an opportunity to meet him in person because we've talked on the phone a number of times," he said.

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