"I've always dreamed of playing in college and being at that next level; ever since I started playing back in the days of pewee football," the Clarksville, MD native said.
"I think TV makes everyone look bigger and faster, so when you're watching football as a younger kid you kind of question if you can play at that next level. It takes a while getting adjusted to the speed of the game and the playbooks, but I don't think it was until I was a freshman playing with the guys that I realized it's just football out here, just like you've been playing your entire life," he added.
Campanaro discussed his initial decision to join the Deacs.
"It kind of came down to Wake, UNC and Notre Dame -that was my top three," he said. "I visited a lot of schools but I really liked Wake. I really liked the coaching staff here a lot; they've been together for a long time, and I really like Grobe a lot.
"The offense was also a big key, being a wide receiver. Also ACC football of course- the conference is good, and then of course the academics; it's the best of both worlds. I really liked the small school as well."
Campanaro, who appeared in all 12 games as a redshirt freshman and continues to have a significant impact on the field, discussed players to watch in the upcoming season.
"We have Chris Givens [leaving] who was one of our big receivers," he explained. "We're going to have Matt James, who was a freshman last year, and Sherman Ragland, he'll be a freshman this year. Those two are going to be big for our offense. They're kind of like standout guys that will be a big surprise for the Deacs."
Despite being in the off-season, Campanaro is preparing hard for next season and faces a rigorous daily schedule.
"I have the early workout group, so I'm up at 5:30 in the morning all week," he said. "I get my workout out of the way early in the morning, so then I'm usually done by two or three. During the season it's straight to practice, so right now we have some down time."
With speed, agility, and experience on his side, Campanaro will certainly be among those Deacs to pay attention to in the 2012 season.
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