- Bob Przybylo, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Even if a recruit doesn’t know much about the Oklahoma Sooners, he knows about their winning tradition. That was all offensive tackle Jake Campos (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) knew of the program before making an unofficial visit last week.
Following the visit, though, it wasn’t the football program that had Campos the most excited. After his first visit, it was the campus that left him excited about the Sooners.
“It’s a beautiful campus. The architecture was incredible,” Campos said. “For my first visit, it was even better than I expected. The buildings are beautiful.”
Campos, 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, didn’t receive an offer from the Sooners, but he said he knows exactly where he stands.
He has offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Purdue and Missouri and said he is going to visit Notre Dame this weekend.
Campos has a natural connection with OU offensive tackles coach Bruce Kittle, who has major ties to the state of Iowa. It’s not surprising that Campos and Kittle have hit it off.
“Coach Kittle came by the school one day. I got pulled out of class, and we’ve been talking ever since,” Campos said. “It was a while ago. I get along great with Coach Kittle. I love how upfront and honest he is about everything.”
Campos didn’t get to spend a lot of time on OU’s campus but said he did get a chance to talk with interior offensive line coach James Patton.
Campos talked with the OU coaches about where he stands on an offer, and they didn’t mislead him.
“They said I’m not there yet. There are some other guys they really want to look at, and we’ll see what happens.
“I’m not insulted at all. They have to look at the guys they think will work out best for their program. I hope I can be one of them.”
Campos has visited Iowa, Iowa State and Missouri but said it is too early for him to make a list of favorites. Even though the next month is going to be a busy time for spring games, Campos said that following his Notre Dame visit, he is not going to attend any spring games. Campos said participating in track limits his availability on the weekends so he is not going to force anything.
His 6-foot-6 frame has schools excited, but some are worried about him only weighing 250 pounds. What it has done is help him in other ways.
“I think my athleticism stands out. I’m a lot faster than a lot of the other tackles,” Campos said. “I love pass blocking, but really I just love the game.”
Campos said academics will play a big role. He is currently planning on majoring in engineering. He was able to visit the OU engineering building but not much more than that. He said he has done his own research about the OU engineering department and said he is very excited about the opportunity if he were to choose OU.