"I've been thinking about it for a while," Kampmoyer said. "I just felt like I needed to focus on different things right now. Ever since I committed, I've been kind of stressed out, and not really focused on the things I need to focus on right now, so I felt like decommitting would help bring my focus back to where it needed to be. School's kind of been tough for me lately, and I have to take the SAT soon, so I need to focus. This was kind of weighing on me."
Kampmoyer said that ASU was actually cool with him checking out other schools, so that wasn't really the motivation for the decommitment. In any case, the defensive end did enjoy his trip to UCLA this past weekend.
"It was great," Kampmoyer said. "I got to see the campus and all the football facilities and weight room and all that good stuff. I got to go to the spring game on Saturday and had a great time."
Kampmoyer is a native of tiny Bishop, California, so the sheer size of UCLA and the number of people there stood out to him.
"It was really big," Kampmoyer said of campus. "There were a lot of people there. But it was really cool how they had all the older buildings, the original four buildings there were really cool. Everything I saw was really awesome."
Defensive line coach Angus McClure took him on the tour of the football facilities and then the following day, Kampmoyer got to go to the Rose Bowl to check out the spring game.
"That was really cool," Kampmoyer said. "It was the first time I've ever been to the Rose Bowl, and I got to see how UCLA does their thing at practice and all that good stuff. It was fun. I haven't seen an ASU practice, so I haven't really experienced a college practice like that yet. It was just really fun, I had a good time. Like I said before, I'm just keeping an open mind, checking out all of my options."
Kampmoyer has another couple of visits planned for the coming months as well.
"I plan on going to California on I believe May 17th," Kampmoyer said. "I'll be up there for The Opening regional that day. I might be going to San Diego State during the summer."
Kampmoyer has some positional versatility, and schools see him playing a variety of roles.
"The majority of them, all of them outside of ASU, see me as a defensive end/outside linebacker," Kampmoyer said. "Oregon has said some things about tight end, but I think they mainly want me on defense too."
Kampmoyer, who committed to ASU back when he was a two-star, has seen his recruitment blow up in recent weeks, with the UCLA offer coming in and then Oregon, Washington, San Diego State, and Fresno State all dropping by his school during the evaluation period.
"I'm just keeping an open mind," Kampmoyer said. "I want to check out a lot of these schools and hear what they all have to say. I know I want to take official visits to Arizona State, Oregon, and Oregon State, but not sure about the other two yet. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, going through this process, and I want to make the most of it."