Sitting at eight offers and having made visits to three programs, Jake Campos (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) is ready to take his recruitment into the summer. He will hold off on any more visits until then.
Illinois is the latest team to offer Campos after extending a scholarship offer on Saturday. Campos spoke with defensive line coach Keith Gilmore. The Fighting Illini’s recruitment of Campos picked up a few weeks ago with a number of letters to Campos’ school, but it was not until Saturday when he talked with the staff on the phone for the first time.
“From what I heard from our conversation he’s pretty awesome,” Campos said of Gilmore. “The way he talks is well-spoken, and he sounded really nice.”
At 6-foot-7 and 250 pounds, the Illini staff is impressed with how well Campos, a three-star prospect, moves for his size.
“They really like my athleticism and footwork and my ability to get out on linebackers and pass block,” said Campos, ranked No. 2 in the state of Iowa and No. 39 at his position nationally.
The last visit Campos made was back on Apr. 13 to Iowa, which is about two hours east from where he goes to school. It was his fourth time visiting the Hawkeyes.
It was Campos’ shortest visit on campus, but he was able to get a look at both the academics and athletics Iowa can provide him. He had a chance to watch spring practice, which he called the “most energetic” he’s seen on a visit, and speak with coach Kirk Ferentz. He said that conversation was mostly about academics rather than football, though.
“It was less of a recruiting talk and more of a get-to-know-you talk,” Campos said. “We talked about my possible major, which is engineering, and talked more specifically about the school.
"I think Iowa is a good option for academics. They have a pretty strong engineering program, and I heard they have real good academic resources so it’d be a good place for an education.”
Campos has made visits to Iowa State and Missouri, too, and hopes to see Kansas, Kansas State, Northwestern, Oregon and Vanderbilt in the summer. He has no favorites.