Junior Lineman Campese is On The College Football Radar, But Could Add Another Sport to His Future
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June 27, 2023
Howell, NJ: There's no question about it, Jaxson Campese is an outstanding football player first and foremost.
The rising Senior center at Howell High School in New Jersey, Campese is on the college football radar for programs at many levels. Exposure during the off-season and a solid senior campaign will increase his visibility.
More on Campese the football player later, but he has an added twist to his resume– wrestling.
Growing up a few houses away from Howell coach John Gagliano, the coach always had his eye on Campese, especially when he would see his neighbor getting bigger and bigger with age.
"I’ve known Coach for a long time,'' said Campese. "He would always talk to me about wrestling. He told me to come out just to see if I like it. If I didn't then I would move on and focus on football.''
When Campese was a freshman, Covid forced a shortened season on the gridiron. Therefore, he had a quick decision to make on whether he wanted to wrestle or not.
"I enjoyed it,'' said Campese, after coming to check out a couple practices. "I loved the competition, it was a good way to keep in shape for football, so I stuck with it. Coach Gagliano constantly talking about it had a lot to do with me coming out for the team.''
In his first three seasons on the mat, Campese gained some experience at Howell as he developed his techniques. As a sophomore, Campese was 1-3 on the varsity at 215 and 285 pounds. Last season, Campese was 3-2, all at 285.
"Coach said I will be a varsity starter my senior year,'' said Campese, "So I'm looking forward to it.''
Campese's wrestling goals as a senior are to finish above .500 and to help the team maintain its high level of consistency. The Rebels were 44-12 the last two years with two Central Jersey, Group 5 titles.
While Campese insists wrestling is strictly for 'keeping in shape' purposes, he's not ruling it out of his future.
"If I go to a school, there's a chance to compete in wrestling and play football,'' said Campese. "I would love to have the opportunity to do so.''
But let's update Campese the football player.
As soon as wrestling season is over, Campese immediately turns his focus to football, a game he latched on to at the age of four because of his dad, who played high school ball in Florida.
After starting every game at center as a junior for the Rebels - he can play defensive end if needed - Campese started gaining college interest on twitter. He also made himself visible by playing on the US National Team for the last three years where players were picked as the best at their position from a local camp to play in a national game at the Football Hall of Fame.
While he expects his college interest to increase through offseason camps and then the 2023 season, schools checking him out now include:
William Paterson University
When asked to explain the things he does well on the field, Campese said, "Pass blocking is my main strength. I also feel I learn the entire playbook really fast and I feel I'm a great mentor to the younger kids.''
Campese plans to major in business management with a minor in sports marketing or sports management.
But his senior season will have to do with where he will end up.
"I have goals,'' said Campese, who maintains a 4.04 grade point average. "Team-wise I want to have a winning record. Individually, I just want to prove I can play at a high level and really show what I can do.''
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