IRVINE, Calif. – Before putting on his Adidas dri-fit with “TMP Elite” emblazoned in the front, Gino Campiotti of Manteca (Calif.) described himself as a little-known 6-foot-3, 190-pound quarterback from a city college coaches often drive past on their way to other, more fertile recruiting grounds.
Thanks to his play during the spring, and having a new set of valuable references in TMP Elite owner Terrence Leonard and his coaching staff, college coaches are now getting off of Highway 99 at the town of 51,000 to check out Campiotti.
He’s gone from being ignored to being recognized.
“Before TMP, it was little to none. I was putting myself out there and felt like no one was getting a chance to open my film or whatever,” Campiotti told Scout. “But now coaches are reaching out to me, plus they bring up TMP Elite.”
On a club team that features recent Oregon commit Spencer Webb, Pac-12 and Mountain West target Deshon Wilson and highly-recruited Isaah Crocker, Campiotti is still considered one of the sleeper talents on TMP, with no scholarship offers as of April 30.
His relationship with Leonard and the rest of the TMP coaches has led to Campiotti adding some extra voices of praise in his corner.
“Everything sounded so good about the team and that he (Leonard) was going to get me out there and help me with my recruiting,” Campiotti said. “It’s great because I live in a place where it’s harder (to get recognized) and it’s in the middle of nowhere. But I’ve been getting a lot more love since I’ve been on the team.”
Big Sky schools such as Sacramento State have chatted with Campiotti, as he took a visit to its campus on April 22. He adds Wyoming and Utah State have inquired about him, but had a long lunch period with Fresno State and its new offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer.
“Our whole lunch was together,” Campiotti said, who visited the Bulldogs in February of this year. “It was fun talking to him and getting to know him. I really like him. And I like how he’s opening up the offense and throwing the football. I love everything about their system and what they plan to run up there.”
In shoulder pads and helmet, Campiotti has a knack for making his most explosive plays when under duress – as he’ll evade pass rushers and blitzes before firing the ball down the field. It’s his workman-like approach, though, that fuels him before he hits the field.
“Nobody wants it harder than I do. I train harder than anyone I know. I always do everything I can to get the job done,” Campiotti said.