Card look to have some Champaign

You would think a 6'1 240 pound high school junior who can bench press 350 pounds, squat 500, and run a 4.69 forty yard dash while posting a 3.97 GPA would have more than five scholarship offers. But while it's still early in the 2010 recruiting process, that's the situation Stanford linebacker / defensive end target Joseph Champaign (Grayson HS, Loganville GA) finds himself in now.

With offers from Stanford, Syracuse, BYU, Georgia Southern and Air Force, Joseph Champaign is still hoping that more schools get in the mix for his services.

"I'm keeping an open mindset to all the colleges," Champaign said. "I'm just waiting for that perfect college to come in and offer, but right now I've had a couple good ones."

Champaign, who also has interested Navy, West Virginia, Indiana, Harvard and Richmond, is waiting to hear from more schools before he cuts down his college list.

"I really don't have a top-five," Champaign said. "Stanford's high on my list. So is BYU and so is Air Force. Right now, I'm weighing my options and just seeing who offers me."

While he denies targeting any other specific offers, Champaign does have a clear idea of what he is looking for in a potential college destination.

"I'm looking for a really good education," Champaign said. Education is my number one criteria. "Then I'm looking for nice facilities, good football and just the things that pretty much every recruit wants. I'm not too picky."

Champaign will visit Stanford, Air Force and BYU this summer to see if any of those schools fit his wants. As one might be able to infer from those summer travel plans, distance will not loom large in Champaign's decision.

"No, distance isn't a factor for me in a college," he said. "How far away the school is doesn't matter. Air Force has really good education and their facilities are nice," Champaign said. "BYU has good coaching, nice facilities and is in a good area. And Stanford has an awesome education and it has BCS football with an Ivy League education."

Champaign also seemed impressed with the Cardinal coaching staff.

"Coach Taggart is my recruiting coach," Champaign said. "We probably talk once a week. He's a really good guy. I like him and he's easy to talk to. He's just a cool guy to get along with."

Champaign, also in contact with linebackers coach Andy Buh and head coach Jim Harbaugh, is being recruited as either a linebacker or defensive end. But as long as it's not on the bench, Champaign doesn't have a preference when it comes to is future position.

"I'll play anywhere on the field," he said.

Champaign is anxiously awaiting the results of his SAT and ACT tests. He posted 14 sacks and 46 tackles in an impressive junior season.


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