Torrey Campbell spent a week in Iowa this summer. He really liked it.
The Naples, Fla., prep ran in the World Junior Track and Field meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. This happened to coincide with his recruitment as a cornerback for the Iowa Hawkeyes.
It worked out nicely. Campbell got a taste of Iowa and he liked what he saw.
“The people there are crazy, in a good way. That helped a lot,” said Campbell, a 5-foot-11, 180-pounder who committed to Iowa earlier this month. “I just felt right at Iowa. My mom loved it, so that was good.”
Campbell picked the Hawkeyes over Tennessee and 11 other offers, including Wisconsin, Purdue and Kansas. Iowa recruited Campbell as a cornerback, even though he’s played very little defense as a prep.
Links -- Forgot that Iowa safety Jack Swanson is from Naples, Fla., too. Love the final quote from this Naples News story, “Iowa is far away, but I don't care about the distance,” said Campbell, who wanted to go out of state. “It's college. It's supposed to be different.” That's awesome.
Three most interesting bio items -- 1) Team posted a 24-9 record in Campbell's final three seasons. 2) Also lettered four times in track (hurdles and sprints). 3) Rushed for 1,850 yards in three years playing some running back. (Possible return skills?)
Ferentz on -- With rhabdo taking up a considerable amount of Kirk Ferentz's signing day news conference, not everyone got a quote.
Campbell’s speed and potential at corner is worth mining, Iowa coaches believe.
The speed is documented. He finished second in the Florida state meet in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.12 seconds. He might’ve qualified for more events, but he suffered an injury in regionals and could only qualify for state in the hurdles.
Campbell is relatively new to defense.
“I’ve never actually a straight-up defensive guy. I played a little bit here and there,” he said. “When we played a team with a lot of speed, they would put me in there. That’s how it worked out.”
Projection is fun -- I think Campbell's speed and size make him an ideal corner candidate.
Iowa has seven defensive backs and linebackers in this class. I suspect at least half of them will burn redshirts play special teams. Campbell fits that mold. He probably wouldn't see much time in defensive formations, unless he wins a spot in nickle or dime.