“Coach (Harlon) Barnett was on our campus on Wednesday,” said Camper. “He wasn’t able to talk with me, but he told Don Zoloty that I had an offer and he told me.”
Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Camper arrived at IMG Academy in early July of this past year. But Michigan State is no stranger to him or the Camper family.
“Coach (Jim) Bolman visited my school back in Virginia Beach when my brother Blake (South Carolina) was being recruited. I know Michigan State is one of the top tight end schools in the nation and very competitive in the Big Ten. I also know this is a very coverted offer.”
While the Spartans are recruiting the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Camper to play tight end, this past season saw injuries force him to play defensive end.
“We started out the season in a pro-style offense with three tight ends,” he explained. “But then we went full spread and after a few games, we lost about three guys on defense to injuries. So I finished out the season as a defensive end and led the team with five sacks.”
While some could quickly see Camper following his brother to South Carolina, he’s looking to go his own way when it comes to making a college decision.
“My whole life I’ve been sitting behind my brother and sisters,” stated Camper. “My sisters are athletes as well as my oldest sister plays professional soccer in England and the other one plays soccer in Virginia. So I’ve been trying to pave my own path. Right now I’m keeping my options open and not just looking to follow my brother.”
Another thing that could play in the favor of the Spartans is Campers feelings of being in an area of the country with four seasons.
“I love the cold,” he said. “I love the cold weather. The first week I was here at IMG, it was 80-percent humidity and 107 degrees, the first week I was here. So I was kind of shell shocked it was this hot.”
Camper also holds an offer from Florida Atlantic University at this time and is looking to visit East Lansing soon.
“I’m planning to come up there sometime in early February,” he said. “I’m not sure what my father’s schedule is, but that is what we’re planning.”