Josh Campion Looks Forward To Being A Gopher

Josh Campion, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound offensive tackle from Fergus Falls, was the first player to commit to Minnesota for the Class of 2009. Campion led the Otters to a 10-1 mark, losing to St. Michael-Albertville 32-14 in the Class AAAA Section 8 finals. Campion was named to the Minnesota Vikings All-State team that was honored Sunday and GoldenSports.Net caught up with him to learn the latest.

Josh Campion paced the Otters to a 10-1 mark, an improvement on their 3-6 record in 2007. Campion was honored for his strong season, earning Central Lakes All-Conference honors and was named to the Associated Press and Minnesota Vikings All-State teams. He was one of ten finalists for the Mr. Minnesota Football award.

Campion was proud of the year that he and his teammates put together.

"It was a great season. We had a great group of guys. A bunch of seniors. I was All-Conference and All-State," he said.

Campion is also a standout wrestling for Fergus Falls.

"I think that I am 9-0 or 10-0 with eight pins. It is going good. I am ranked No. 1 in Class AA. I have been training to go to the national tournament. That is own of my goals," he said. "I want to go undefeated in the state and go to West Virginia and wrestle for the state for Minnesota. I have been training really hard, putting in many hours after wrestling, after actual practice for high school, weight lifting and everything like that."

Despite his hectic schedule with wrestling, Campino has been working hard to get ready for college football.

"I have talked to Coach (Tim) Davis numerous times," he said. "I have been working a lot. I worked out after wrestling practice, consisting of football stuff. I have not been taking any time off for football really. I've been doing explosiveness work and quickness work. I basically go to wrestling after school and after wrestling a couple of hours in practice, I work out at our local gym and I do football and I do everything like that to prepare and basically maintain and gain a little bit of weight and strength."

Campion is considering throwing the shot put and discus this spring.

"I am thinking about it," he said. "I did it a while back, but I have not done it the past couple of years, because I have been traveling a little bit. In the spring, I have a solid group of linemen that work out at six in the morning every morning before school, so it is great for us."

Campion has established a good relationship with new Minnesota running game coordinator/line coach Tim Davis.

"I think that he is awesome. Honestly, he is one heck of a guy. I respect him a lot because he came to my wrestling practice," Campion said. "That shows a lot of character when you come up and visit during practice. I came up to shake his hand during practice and he said 'No, you go get back and go to work' and that showed a lot to me. That's pretty cool when you have a coach that comes to meet you and says 'No, you get back to work.' That is kind of cool, I think."

Campion said that he has talked to Minnesota about where he is likely to play at the collegiate level.

"Center, I think. I played center before. I played it for a whole year a few years ago," he said. "I am familiar with all the positions really. I played both right and left guard. The only position that I did not start at was right tackle. I started at all four except for that. I am pretty familiar with all them. I am going to redshirt next season."

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