L.J. Gamblin, a 6-3, 215 pound LB from Lincoln HS in Des Moines, Iowa took a trip to check out the Iowa Hawkeyes on Sunday. His day was a busy one, as he, along with dozens of other junior recruits, were escorted around campus.
"We signed in and hung around in a tent they'd set up for us," Gamblin said of the beginning of his day. "A lot of the prospects would sit there and talk about college, stuff like that.
"We started out in the weight room, Coach Doyle gave us a speech about lifting and what it'd be like here one day. Then we split into defense and offense, split into our position groups, stuff like that. We got to hang around in the players and see how the coaches talk to them."
"We met back up with our parents, then we watched a highlight show of Iowa. Then we headed to the practice field, we got to watch them teach the players. We ended the day with dinner, we ate over in the new press box."
One day earlier, Gamblin was in Ames visiting the Iowa State Cyclones. Iowa's practice had one major difference.
"(Iowa's) was pretty up-beat," Gamblin said. "It was really up-beat compared to the Iowa State one. I liked both, but it was more up-beat.
"They have a lot of different calls for the OLB, I like that. They break down each thing about the film to make you better."
Gamblin is hearing from a number of schools, but a trio of Big 12 schools seem to be giving him the most attention right now.
"I would say Colorado is coming in the heaviest," he said. "I've started getting more recruiting letters from Kansas and Kansas State. I'm not really sure if I'm going to go out there. It depends on how I feel about Iowa and Iowa State.
"I don't know if I want to leave the state yet, I don't want to go out there and waste money unless I might actually go out there."
We'll check in with L.J. throughout the summer to see how things are going.
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