Campos Knew Missouri Was Right For Him

The latest University of Missouri class of 2013 football commitment, Jake Campos, breaks down in detail his decision to commit to the Tigers now, and lays out the reasons behind it, along with the timing, and what is ahead for him.

2013 OT Jake Campos  6'7"  255  4.9  West Des Moines (IA) Valley.  ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with the athletic lineman, and he talked about his decision to play football at Missouri.

"Through this whole process, I think in the back of my head I knew I wanted to go to Missouri,"   said Campos.   "Everywhere that I went, I compared that school to Missouri.   And, I felt the most comfortable at Missouri.  And, we've been watching (Missouri's) commitment list.  We saw that there were three offensive linemen who had committed to Missouri, and I knew that they were only taking four offensive linemen this year……………………………………….. I just felt that it was the right time.  I felt like, why wait and risk it at all, when I knew that I wanted to go to Missouri?"

Campos chose Missouri over offers from Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oregon, Purdue, and Vanderbilt.

Campos had visited Iowa and Iowa State.  He said that his parents and some of his friends pointed out to him that they knew that he wanted to go to Missouri because of the way that he always talked about the Tigers.  He said that he's known for about a month that Missouri is where he wants to go.

"I really like the Missouri offense, because my strong suit is pass protection,"   explained Campos.   "The (Missouri) offense really fits me well, because I have the ability to move and get in front of people." 

Campos has a very lean physical build, a little like that of a basketball player, and he's every bit of his listed height.  He said that the Missouri coaches told him that they see him as being able to carry over 300 pounds in college without sacrificing any of his speed and athleticism.

"The nutrition program at Missouri is another big thing for me,"   explained Campos, talking about factors in his decision to choose Missouri.   "It was just the fact that they have that nutrition coach on staff who is always with you with the weight coach.  That was a huge thing!  And, I think the biggest thing is when I got on the Missouri campus, I felt at home.  I felt comfortable.  It was just kind of that feeling that this is where I want to go."

In addition to putting the shot and throwing the discuss for his school's track team, Campos is working in the weight room four times a week, as well as doing other agility work.  He reports a maximum in the hang-clean of 265 pounds.  He's working on his form in the weight room, and is just now starting to add weight to his workouts.   Campos reports a 4.98 forty, a 25" vertical jump, and a pro-agility of 4.41 seconds.

Campos plans to revisit Missouri this summer.

"It's only about four hours," explained Campos, referring to the drive from his home to the Missouri campus.

Campos is planning to study Engineering at Missouri.


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