Cedar Falls' Jack Campbell has turned into one of the state's best 2019 prospects and has intrigue from Iowa's top schools. Rodney White | The Register
School: Cedar Falls
Weight: 210 pounds
Key stats: An instant contributor after getting the varsity call-up as a sophomore, Campbell racked up 47.5 tackles, six tackles for loss and one sack in 2016. He played strictly defense last season, but Campbell could add some offensive duties to his plate this year, likely at tight end.
Why he’s one of the Iowa Eight
A tall, rangy linebacker full of tenacity, Campbell has morphed into one of the state’s top-tier junior prospects. He’s listed on 247Sports Composite as a three-star recruit, the No. 4 junior in the state and the No. 29 overall outside linebacker for the 2019 class.
A peek at the film reveals a hard-hitting force who can lock down a running game and quickly close in space. Now more comfortable in the Tigers system, Campbell will look to amp up his leadership and overall defensive understanding in 2017.
"I'll be moving inside this year, so that’ll be a change," Campbell said. "But I think it’ll be a good change for me."
An eventful summer of college camps and recruiting exposure has inflated Campbell’s profile. After attending the Hawkeyes’ school camp, he landed an Iowa offer on June 2 to go along with offers from Iowa State and Northern Iowa. Campbell also attended team camps at Wisconsin, Iowa State, UNI, Penn State, Ohio State and North Dakota State. He took an unofficial visit to Minnesota as well.
Campbell’s father, Dave, was a UNI offensive lineman, and the Cedar Falls linebacker admitted he was a “diehard” Panther fan growing up. But a strong junior campaign could certainly see more offers roll in, and Campbell said he’s content with seeing how things unfold this year before pulling the trigger somewhere.
“I’m going to wait because the decision that I’m going to be making will change my life forever because it’s the college I’ll be at,” he said. “I’m trying to weigh the pros and cons with my family — talk with my family — and just figure out which one is the best for me.”
“He’s got a full year with the system under his belt and another summer, so now, he knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s just got to be that communicator and that leader to everybody else around him, situational-wise.” — Cedar Falls coach Brad Remmert
What is the Iowa Eight?
The Iowa Eight is Register’s preseason list of the eight best football prospects in the state, weighing past performance and future projection. Incoming freshmen through seniors are eligible. Selections are based on Register staff observations and consultation with high school, college and scouting contacts. The Register will have additional Iowa Eight lists for key prep boys’ and girls’ sports throughout the year.
Dargan Southard covers preps, recruiting, Iowa and UNI athletics for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, The Des Moines Register and HawkCentral.com. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.