Joel Campos switches to Iowa State

Many athletes speak about academics playing a major role in their recruiting process. While some use that merely as filler, players such as three-star offensive tackle Jake Campos (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) take academics seriously.

When Campos took an official visit to Iowa State last week, he not only saw a rising football program and an enthusiastic coaching staff but also a team loaded with scholar-athletes. Campos, who originally committed to Missouri on May 10, returned to Ames, Iowa, this weekend, and the 6-foot-7, 255-pound tackle gave coach Paul Rhoads his verbal commitment.

“It is the greatest fit for me,” said Campos, who is ranked the No. 4 player in Iowa and the No. 75 tackle in the nation in the Class of 2013. “The academics are outstanding on the team. They have over 15 engineers with a 3.2 GPA. That’s huge to me, because I want to be an engineer.”

Campos said he still has a passion for Missouri and a respect for the coaching staff, but the opportunity to play at Iowa State was too good to pass up. Cyclones defensive coordinator Wally Burnham is Campos’ primary contact.

“When I took my official, I thought it was great,” Campos said. “The main thing was that I got to hang out with the players. It was a great bonding experience. This [last] trip, I had a sit-down with the engineering department. I talked to a retired professor who works with the players.”

Campos became Iowa State’s 25th commitment of the 2013 recruiting class. He also became the class’ third offensive tackle.