Michael Campanaro, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound four-star athlete (running back/cornerback) from River Hill High School in Clarksville, Md., finished his junior season with 195 carries for 1850 yards and 30 touchdowns. He also caught 15 balls for 320 yards and another six scores. Defensively, he had 70 tackles and five interceptions and he even returned two kick-offs for touchdowns.
"I kind of do it all," Campanaro said. "I can run north and south really well, but am also good in the slot position and can create mismatches for the defense. I make plays and can turn the game around with one play.
"I still want to be a better cornerback and work on my defense, especially my footwork," he said. "I haven't played much defense in high school, so I think a lot of that will come with experience. On offense, I want to work on running between tackles better."
Campanaro says he'll most likely play offense in college. "A lot of coaches are telling me that I'm the next Wes Welker and they see me playing the inside slot position."
He benches 295 pounds, squats 495 and claims a 36-inch vertical jump.
Campanaro says he has scholarship offers from North Carolina, Northwestern, Akron and Towson. He favors Wake Forest slightly over Florida, Notre Dame, Connecticut, Rutgers and Maryland.
The Terps are only 15 minutes from his house and Campanaro says he's always followed the home team. "I watched them because they are the home team, but location isn't going to be a factor.
"The main three things I'm looking at are academics, coaches and the overall program," he said. "I want a school where I feel really comfortable with all the coaches and where there's just a good vibe."
He plans on attending the Northwestern Junior Day on Feb. 23 and will be at Notre Dame on Feb. 24 and Connecticut on March 1. "I went to a camp at Notre Dame last summer and really liked it," he said. "Of course, I love the history they have there and I think they'll be turning things around this year. Also, the academics there are big too."
Campanaro says that he thinks Wake Forest is close to offering him. "I love all the coaches there and am already building a great relationship with them," he said. "They are still on the rise and are really building a name for themselves. They told me they definitely plan to offer, but that all the coaches need to review my tape first."
While he doesn't have any spring or summer camps yet planned, Campanaro says he'll definitely try to attend a few.
"I see myself making somewhat an early commitment," he said. "I'd like to take about three visits in the fall and make my decision. I doubt I'll take all five trips."
Campanaro reports a 2.8 core GPA and an 860 SAT, which he plans on retaking. No retake date set yet.