'09 Athlete Goes Camping
Michael Campanaro
Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jun 28, 2007


If you are looking for elite talent for the Class of 2009, make sure to shift your focus to Clarksville, Md., athlete Michael Campanaro while you are on your search. This versatile athlete camped at seven schools around the country over the past several weeks and holds three verbal scholarship offers.

Michael Campanaro is the type of elite athlete that many schools will start to fight over come September 1st when they can officially offer the upcoming junior class. At 5-foot-9, 173 pounds Campanaro has been consistently timed in the 40-yard dash in the low to mid 4.3 ranges and boasts a vertical leap of 38 inches. While no one is sure what position he will play at the collegiate level, his athleticism could allow him to impact a program on either side of the ball and on special teams. Over the past several weeks Campanaro went to camps at Akron, Illinois, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Maryland and Boston College and spoke to us recently about each experience, including what other schools he is interested in hearing from.

Akron - “I went to camp there and did really well in the one-on-one and seven-on-seven drills. I really liked the camp and got a really good vibe from the coaching staff who said they would be down this season to watch me play a few times. They had pretty nice facilities at Akron and verbally offered me.”

Illinois - “Coach (Mike) Locksley gave me a quick tour of the campus because we got there a little early and I liked it a lot there. I ran really well during the camp which was really small as there were only about 15 kids there. The wide receivers coach was very impressed with me athletically and told me I would probably receive an early offer from them, probably on September 1st.”

Northwestern - “I think I got the best vibes when I was at Northwestern. Coach (Eric) Washington sat down with my parents and me and spoke to us for a while and then the head coach (Pat Fitzgerald) also spoke to me for about a half hour privately. I think I’d have an opportunity to play pretty early there and the campus was set on Lake Michigan and was really nice. Northwestern is a small school with great academics and I hear very good things about them. They verbally offered me and said a written offer will be in my mailbox on September 1st.”

Notre Dame - “On Wednesday one of the personnel people Dave Peloquin took me around for a tour of the campus and facilities for about an hour and a half and everything was really nice on campus. Notre Dame has a great tradition and that shows with some of the things on campus like The Grotto and what not. I really thought the whole package there was pretty ridiculous. On Thursday I worked out with the defensive backs coach (Bill Lewis) for about a half an hour and then worked with the wide receivers coach (Rob Ianello) for another half an hour. After that I met with Coach (Ron) Powlus who told me he thought I was a Notre Dame kid and said they really like me a lot as an athlete, but to be patient in terms of an offer because they want to see how my body fills out and rarely offer kids really early like other schools. I liked it a lot at Notre Dame because they’re a big-time football program, have great facilities and a nice environment.”

Pittsburgh - “There was a ton of talent at their camp and I was one of the fastest players there. I worked out with the wide receivers coach (Aubrey) Hill and after camp he told me I was the best junior there and maybe one of the best players period. They said they would be by the school and to some of my games this season to check me out. The city was cool, but I did not get to see much of the campus as we spent our time in their excellent facilities. I liked it up at Pittsburgh and plan to go back.”

Maryland - “I had a great time with Coach (Dave) Sollazzo and he made me feel right at home while I was there. I met with Head Coach (Ralph) Friedgen in his office after the second day privately and he was a really cool guy and said they would be offering when the time was right (Campanaro’s father previously has said that the staff at Maryland has already verbally offered him). I grew up a big Maryland fan and the fact that they are local gives them an advantage as far as I am concerned.”

Boston College - “I’m actually up here in Chestnut Hill right now and it is really hot up here. Coach (Ryan) Day gave me a tour of the campus which is beautiful and I also spoke with Coach (Mike) Siravo who was a really nice guy. They said they like me as an athlete and need to get my type of speed up there, so they’d be coming to a few of my games this year. After that I talked to Josh Haden who is a buddy of mine and he told me some things about them as we always talk.”

Campanaro helped lead his team to the Maryland Class AAA State Championship game against Haden’s loaded Friendly High School where River Hill lost by a score of 37-19, however Campanaro lit it up in the contest, rushing for over 160 yards, hauling in over 50 receiving yards and scoring once. He plays quarterback, running back, wide receiver and cornerback for River Hill and also returns kicks and punts.

While Campanaro has only camped at those seven schools he is also very interested in hearing from Penn State, a school that he admittedly likes a lot already and also favors programs such as Virginia, Clemson, Florida and Michigan.

As a sophomore at River Hill High School, Campanaro carried 120 times for 1044 yards and seven touchdowns. He also caught 26 passes for 601 yards and eight touchdowns. That is a gaudy 8.7 yards per carry and 23.1 yards per reception. He also added 66 tackles and three interceptions on defense.


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