L.J. Gamblin Takes In Iowa City

Just a few months ago, L.J. Gamblin watched his teammate, Jordan Bernstine, work through the recruiting process and commit to the Iowa Hawkeyes. Gamblin began his recruitment this weekend when we attended Iowa's junior day. Read more about Gamblin and his weekend in this premium recruiting update.

L.J. Gamblin, a 6-3, 215-pound linebacker from Lincoln HS in Des Moines, Iowa was in Iowa City this weekend for a junior day visit, despite some rough weather in the state.

It was a busy day for Gamblin, hitting the three main athletic buildings on campus, the Hayden Fry Football Complex, Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and Kinnick Stadium.

"We went out there, we went up and talked to the coaches, met the rest of the prospects," Gamblin said. "We saw the weight room, the highlight tape, it was really nice. We talked to Coach Doyle, he gave us an overview of the weight room, what he expects from his players in the weight room, stuff like that.

"We headed over to the game, watched the game. It was a good game, that was fun. We went back to the press box, and ate pizza there, then we went over to the academic portion of the junior day."

The academic portion had Gamblin a bit surprised.

"(I was surprised by) some of the academic stuff," Gamblin said. "You see a guidance counselor once a week, checking to make sure your grades are alright, keeping track of how I'm doing and stuff like that. That was a plus."

At the game, Gamblin had a chance to meet several other in-state prospects, including some guys he hadn't met before.

"I got to talk to (Bettendorf DT) Adam Coleman, he just got an offer from Duke, we talked a lot and he was a cool guy," L.J. said. "I talked to (Zach Derby), he was a cool guy. I talked a bit to Willie Argo too, he was nice."

Gamblin, who said he finished the season with 90 tackles, 13 for loss, two sacks, and two fumble recoveries, is still waiting on his first offer, but feels they may be waiting for him at prospect camps.

"I have to go up to Colorado for a prospect camp they invite people to, they might offer there," he said. "Iowa might offer when I go up to the Iowa camp."

In addition to the Hawkeyes and the Buffaloes, Gamblin is hearing from Illinois and Iowa State. Gamblin says he'll likely be visiting Iowa State for a summer camp.


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