L.J. Gamblin, of Lincoln HS in Des Moines, Iowa took part in the Scout.com Kansas City combine, but put up some extremely disappointing numbers less than a month after partially tearing his hamstring. He's healthy now, and making waves early on in the camp season, starting with Iowa.
"I came out pretty good, especially with pads on, I did great," Gamblin said. "I was real proud of myself. The coaching staff was really impressed. After the last practice, they had Coach Ferentz, Coach Morgan, and the head DL coach stay after and have me go one-on-one with (Iowa verbal and coach's son) James Ferentz. I did great there and against other prospects, I did really good."
Normally playing at linebacker, Gamblin was greeted with a surprise, as the Iowa staff wanted him to work out at defensive end.
"It was a huge surprise," he said. "If I knew I was going down there as a defensive end, I would have put some weight on. I went down there for linebacker, but they ended up putting me at defensive end. I was real worried about it at first because I hadn't played defensive end since two years ago. I came out swinging and did real well, I was blowing kids up. I was really happy with the camp."
Gamblin recently received an offer from Northern Iowa, could an offer be coming soon from the Hawkeyes after his impressive camp performance?
"They said that I killed it in camp, they were really impressed with me," Gamblin said. "They were having a staff meeting, and I'd know by Tuesday."
Gamblin said he'll be staying in-state to go to college, citing his mother's health as a reason to stay nearby. Gamblin said he'll be visiting Iowa State on Monday for camp, where the coaching staff has indicated an offer will be waiting.
With the two Division-1A schools in the state of Iowa poised to offer soon, a decision shouldn't be far off for Gamblin, and he may already have a leader in mind.
"If Iowa offers on Tuesday, I'm definitely going to be real happy about that," Gamblin said. "I would love to be reunited with (Class of 2007 commit and former Lincoln teammate) Jordan (Bernstine) and whatnot. I'm not saying I'll go there, because Iowa State has just as good of a chance, I like both schools. Those are the top schools."
We'll be sure to keep in touch with L.J. over the next few weeks to see how his final stretch run through the recruiting process progresses.