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Goddard’s Campos signs with USW

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Goddard senior Gabriel Campos recently signed to play college baseball at the University of the Southwest in Hobbs beginning in the fall of 2021. Back row, from left, Goddard coach Gilbert Alvarado; Matthew Campos, brother; Veronica Campos, mother; Greg Campos, father; and Caelin Wilcox, travel team coach. Gabriel Campos is sitting at the desk. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

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It was probably one of the biggest tryouts in his young life. On Nov. 7, Goddard’s Gabriel Campos knew that no matter what, he was playing with house money. When he took the field at the University of the Southwest, Campos had a scholarship from Luna Community College in his back pocket.

Goddard senior pitcher Gabriel Campos hopes to play baseball in the spring. (Submitted Photo)

Wearing his Goddard baseball uniform — along with three other players trying out with him — he was asked by Broncos’ coach Steve Appel to throw a bullpen session, and Campos was ready.

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Appel was impressed. He placed him at shortstop and hit him some ground balls to check out his range and throwing arm. After that, Campos went to the plate and put on a hitting display that impressed the coach.

When the workout was done, Appel showed Campos the campus. Campos left feeling like he played well enough to receive an offer, but didn’t know. It took a week for Appel to call and offer. The offer was considerably more than the scholarship offer from Luna.

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After visiting both schools and weighing the scholarships, Campos felt most at home and comfortable at USW. He wanted to be able to be close to home and yet not too close. He also felt it was a big deal that his parents could come see him play.

Campos liked what he saw when he tried out. He felt that USW coach Appel had a plan and was organized in how he ran practice. During the tryout the team held an intra-squad scrimmage. Appel called pitches for both teams and wanted to bring out the best in each of his players. Campos liked that. Afterwards, Appel told Campos that they would do conditioning at 5 a.m. and lift as well.

USW is looking at Campos to play second and third base and maybe to pitch. Campos’ goal is to make the 32-man travel roster. With the coronavirus, USW has moved their sports to Tyler, Texas.

Coaches help

Campos is hoping to play his senior year. He feels that he could not have accomplished his scholarship without the help of Goddard coaches Ed Henry, Henry Villareal and head baseball coach Gilbert Alvarado.

“He really shifted into a different gear this year,” Alvarado said. “He looked at all the pieces of the puzzle and knew what he had to do. His goal was play baseball and he asked for help in chasing it down. We went over everything, grades, recruiting, rosters, coaches and academics.”

The beginning

This has been a goal of Gabriel’s since he first started playing baseball. According to his dad, Greg Campos, he knew his son was destined to do great things in baseball when he picked up a baseball and threw it at 3 years old.

Greg Campos coached his son from that time until he could no longer coach him. He played at Noon Optimist Little League with the goal of honing his talents and skills to get to the next level.

“This guy (Gabriel Campos) right here is special,” Greg Campos said. “He was really good. He might not have been the best, but he has always been a top-three player. The main thing is that he will have his education paid for.”

His travel team was the Aggies, and according to Aggies’ coach Caelin Wilcox, as a 12-13-year-old, Gabriel (Campos) was one of the hardest working players on the team and always did extra work to get better.

“Gabe (Campos) always brought great energy,” Wilcox said. “he brought a passion to the field and a ton of charisma as well. As a coach, it’s always a treat to be able to mentor a kid that has a pure desire to play the game coupled with a “never quit” mentality. I couldn’t be happier that Gabe is continuing to play at the next level. It’s well deserved.”

One of the deciding factors for Gabriel was that USW is a four-year school. He really wanted to be stable and to know where he was going to be for the next four years and develop with a program. When he is done playing baseball, Campos would like to be a history teacher and coach.

“This is very big for me and my wife,” Greg Campos said. “I’m very proud of him.”

The last dream for Greg Campos is to have both of his sons play in a high school game together. Greg’s youngest son, Matthew Campos, is a catcher.

Greg Campos would love to have Goddard coach Alvarado put Gabe Campos in to pitch, and bring in Matt Campos, a ninth grader, to catch him during a game.

“I would never ask coach Alvarado to do that,” Greg Campos said, “but it is a dream of mine, for my boys to play together. It would be the highlight of my life, just one inning.”

Sports editor J.T. Keith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 304, or sports@rdrnews.com.