As Big as They Come

At 6-foot-7, 320 pounds and having the ability to play both left and right tackle positions, it's not a surprise that Wisconsin has shown interest in a player like Jake Campbell.

At a school like Wisconsin, where the running game carries the success of the offense, the Badgers can never have too many offensive linemen.

Looking at Belleville East's Jake Campbell, the 6-foot-7, 320-pound tackle is nearly big enough to fill the spot for two linemen.

A talented tackle that sports a 5.2 40 time, can bench 325 pounds and squat 450 pounds, Campbell can play either left or right tackle and comes from a school that won seven games last year solely on the success the run game.

"We have a big run game," Campbell told Badger Nation. "Most games, our running back has almost 200 yards with the most yards he had being around 276 yards. We had a lot of seniors on the offensive line and we had all played together the year before on varsity. It helped us bond and develop as a group of guys."

A very talented prospect that Wisconsin has been in contact with, Campbell was up to Madison for Saturday, April 12th practice to get his first look at the Badgers' talented offensive line. Needless to say, he was impressed with what he saw.

"Wisconsin definitely has a good offensive line," he said. "The size stood out about them and for how big they are, they have real good speed. Wisconsin has an all-around good line and the coaches they have are great."

In addition to Wisconsin, Eastern Illinois, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Northern Iowa have all shown considerable interest in the prospect but no schools have yet to offer. For that reason alone, Campbell's summer schedule is beyond hectic.

"I have so many camps scheduled this summer that it will be big for me in getting a scholarship," Campbell said. "I have Wisconsin camp scheduled already, as well as NIU camp and a camp at Illinois. I am planning on doing a lot of lifting with my team too to get ready for the senior season. I am pretty packed with football in June and lifting in July. When August rolls around, we have two-a-days and then the season."

Being a stout 6-foot-7, there are plenty of benefits to Campbell's strong stature. He doesn't get pushed around easily at the high school level, can read the defensive movements and packs a powerful punch. But when Campbell watches himself on film, he only picks out the negatives, a sure sign of an athlete not settling with his performance.

"My coaches tell me that I need to stay low off the ball, which is something a lot of big guys have problems with," he said. "Speed is always important to work on but I have been told that I am pretty athletic for how big I am. I know that I always can do better and that I can get better strength wise. But I never take plays off, am always into it and try to be a good teammate, which is all you can ask for."

Currently just playing the recruiting process day by day, Campbell knows that he has the talent and the work ethic to be a factor at a major division one school. Not willing to settle, Campbell is pushing himself to get that chance and he hopes that Wisconsin will impact that decision.

"If I get an offer from Wisconsin, I would almost right away commit or any other big school," he said. "As far as I am concerned, I want to go to a big school and Wisconsin would be great with its history of successful offensive linemen like Joe Thomas. As far as I am concerned, they've got the standards I am in looking for in a school. They want you to be a good student athlete, not just an athlete. Wisconsin definitely feels like they are one big family. If I were to get an offer, it would have a big impact.

"I try to look at things month by month, week by week," he added. "I am looking forward to playing football and doing the best that I can to knock people on their (butts) as much as I can."

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