West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley junior offensive tackle Jake Campos would definitely call his fall a success thus far. The 6-7, 245-pound prospect has helped lead his team to a perfect record on the field, and he snagged his first scholarship offer of the recruiting process from Iowa State.
"It was the week after our first game," Campos said of the Iowa State offer. "I called them and they put me through to Coach [Paul] Rhoads, and Coach Rhoads offered me. It was pretty crazy and just really exciting all together."
Campos followed up the offer with a visit to Ames the weekend of Sept. 10 to see the Cyclones down in-state rival Iowa 44-41 in triple overtime.
"I really like Iowa State right now," Campos said. "Their campus is awesome, and all of their coaches I just love. The game day was crazy. It went to triple overtime and I don't think it could have gotten any better."
A lifelong Iowan, Campos has followed several of the in-state programs closely growing up, including both BCS programs.
"My parents both graduated from Drake, so I've always been a Drake fan," Campis said. "Then I've always cheered for Iowa and Iowa State just because they are in-state schools, but I'm not really partial."
Other schools sending mail and showing interest include Iowa, Missouri, Northwestern and Wisconsin. He also keeps in regular contact with the Hawkeye's coaching staff on the phone.
"I talk to Coach [Reese] Morgan once every couple weeks," Campos said. "I've been sending them film, then I plan on going up to camp there this summer."
West Des Moines Valley has advanced to the third round of the playoffs and currently sports a perfect 10-0 record. Any future visit plans are on hold while the class of 2013 prospect focuses on helping his team finish out their 2011 campaign.
Campos lines up at left tackle for Valley High. He is hoping to get his weight to 275 pounds by the start of his senior season, and has seen growth in other areas of his game as well.
"I've really gotten my pads a lot lower this year," Campos said. "I've really worked on getting low and firing off the ball on run plays. I think my run game still needs to improve and I need to get a little bit stronger."