Track season has prevented Rivals 250 offensive tackle Jake Campos from making many campus visits during spring football, but the West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley prospect plans to be well traveled this summer.
"This summer we are planning to get out to as many camps as we can because I want to have a decision around the time football season starts or maybe a little bit into it after a couple officials," Campos said. "I definitely want to start narrowing it down to two or three by the beginning of the season."
Among the schools Campos is considering for camps are Iowa State, Missouri, Iowa, Vanderbilt, Oregon, Northwestern, Kansas and Kansas State.
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Camps was able to make visits to three relatively nearby schools for practices this spring. Missouri was one of those stops.
"That was my second time [visiting Missouri] - I was out there for a junior day," Campos said. "I really liked the vibe from the practice. Everybody was together and everything was a competition. I feel that made everyone work a little harder. It was a lot of high energy and the coaches were pretty great. Everything was positive and there wasn't much yelling. It was all pretty constructive."
Campos also made spring practice visits to in-state programs Iowa and Iowa State. He has seen both schools several times previously.
"With Iowa State it was just getting to know the coaches a little bit better and I got to hang out with some of the players so I got a better feel for the people up there," Campos said. "I really liked the players that I hung out with.
"At Iowa I got to meet Coach Brian Ferentz for the first time in person. I really liked him and felt he brings a little bit more energy to the offensive line. I think that's going to be really good."
Iowa assistant coach Reese Morgan followed up with an in-school visit on Monday and Campos expected Nebraska assistant Barney Cotton in-school on Tuesday. The four-star prospect also expects a visit from Oklahoma coaches this week.
"Coach [Bruce] Kittle was supposed to be at my school today, but I never saw him so maybe I have the date wrong," Campos said. "I have been talking to Coach Kittle and he is planning to come up to the school."
The 6-foot-7, 250-pound Campos is sitting on nine scholarship offers, with his latest offer coming from Illinois this past weekend.
"I called Coach [Keith] Gilmore, and that was actually the first time I had called him," Campos said. "My coach said they had talked twice and then decided to offer me so I called him. It was pretty exciting because they have a really good Engineering program. That's definitely going to be a big plus for them, so I think they are definitely worth looking into."
In the immediate future, Campos is focused on track and will take part in the Drake Relays this coming weekend. He has a personal best shot put of 52-11 this spring.