Campanaro Getting Close

It is no secret than one of the most explosive athletes in the state of Maryland is Michael Campanaro. The 5'10 185 pound athlete has put up huge numbers throughout his high school career at River Hill.

DeaconSports.com recently spoke with Michael Campanaro and discussed his recent performance at the Badger Sport/New Level 7-on-7 camp as well as his recruitment.

Michael Campanaro and team Maryland recently won the Badger Sport/New Level 7-on-7 passing event held in Akron, Ohio. Many experts were surprised to see the skills and speed displayed by team Maryland, but Campanaro was not. "I think a lot of people at the 7-on-7 underestimated us. We used our speed to our advantage and came out victorious." Campanaro averaged a touchdown per game during the event and was named a first team All-Star at wide receiver for his outstanding play.

Needless to say, Campanaro was pleased with his play. "I think I played well. I just really enjoyed the challenge of playing against some of the best players on the east coast."

As far as recruiting goes, Campanaro has made multiple visits to Wake Forest and the Deacons seem to be the team to beat for his services. "I was down at Wake last weekend checking out practice with D.J. Scott. It was really good to get down there and spend some time with Coach Grobe and the players. It was actually raining during practice and Coach Grobe came over with umbrellas for D.J. and myself and I thought that was real cool. That is just the type of guy he is."

Besides his good bond with the coaching staff, Campanaro feels he would fit in perfectly with Wake's spread offense. "Their offense is one of the things that made me take a look at them early on. We run that offense at River Hill and it gives me a chance to run the ball as well as catch it. The spread offense just puts me in a good position to use my skills and be successful."

Camapanaro also mentioned that Wake is showing some interest in two of his River Hill teammates. "Wake is also showing interest in Leron Eaddy and Malek Redd. I think a lot of teams are sleeping on those guys. Laron plays outside linebacker for us but I think he will play strong safety at the next level. Both of them are coming down with me to Wake's camp this summer." Campanaro also mentioned that D.J. Scott will also be at Wake's summer camp. "The coaches at Wake have told D.J. that the camp will be big for him since they have not seen him in person. D.J. really likes Wake and has them at the top of his list right now. He played great for us at the 7-on-7 camp. He manned up on the #1 receiver in the country and shut him out."

Campanaro stated that he has been able to see a lot of colleges since his sophomore year and may be closing in on a commitment. "I have seen a lot of schools and what they have to offer and I am getting close to a decision. I am sitting down and talking about it a lot with my parents."

Campanaro will be a huge asset at the next level thanks to his speed, shiftiness, and versatility. He will be a slot receiver in the Wes Welker mold that has the capability of being a great kick and punt returner.


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