Shortly after Brian Ferentz took over as the Iowa offensive line coach last month, he reached out to Jake Campos. The West Des Moines Valley High product is a recruiting priority for the Hawkeyes.
At the encouragement of Ferentz, Campos visited Iowa Friday for the first time since Greg Davis became the offensive coordinator.
"I had been talking to Coach Brian Ferentz a little bit," the 2013 Tackle said. "He had been asking me to come out. We just organized this. I needed to go up and see how their practice was going this spring and to see how everybody coached together."
Campos sat in on Ferentz's line meeting on Friday and then stayed for practice.
"I got to see a little bit of how he ran the meeting and the new offense they were running," the 6-foot-7, 240 pounds. "I got to see Brian Ferentz actually coaching. It kind of felt like there was a new feel to the practice that I hadn't seen before. I really like that. There was a little bit more energy."
After touring the locker room, Campos and his father met with Head Coach Kirk Ferentz, Brian's dad.
"It was more about getting to know each other than football recruiting," Campos said of the 20-minute get-together. "So, we talked a little bit about the program in general and the facilities that are going up. I'm thinking about going into engineering, so we talked a little bit about civil and environmental engineering. It was more of a general conversation that it was football."
Campus reports scholarship offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Oregon, Purdue and Vanderbilt. Track season will prevent him from visiting more schools this spring.
Campos said he'd like to get to Northwestern, Kansas, Kansas State, Oregon and Vanderbilt in the summer.
"I'm still trying to take it pretty slow and keep everything open," Campos said. "This summer when I can get out to see more campuses, hopefully I can start to narrow it down a little bit. As of right now, everything is pretty open. I would like to make a decision around the beginning of the season if not a little bit into it."
Two schools that haven't yet offered Campos also are in the picture for his services.
"We're talking to Oklahoma a lot," he said. "I don't know if they're close to offering or not. I am keeping in frequent contact with them, and that's probably the biggest school that hasn't offered yet. We're also keeping in touch with Nebraska.
Former Hawkeye and current Sooner Offensive Line Coach Bruce Kittle is recruiting Campos.
"I love Coach Kittle," Campos said. "We went down and visited over spring break. I got to talk to him in person a little bit and go over some film with him. I really like his coaching style and his overall personality was straight forward. I really liked that about him."
Jake Campos had been to Iowa several times. Friday, he checked in on the Hawkeyes to get a feel for the new changes on the coach staff. Find out what the '13 in-state standout thought of what he saw and how things are going overall in recruiting in this update.