Campbell hitting his stride

Over the last six weeks, one would be hard-pressed to find an athlete in the state of Alabama as hot as Christian Campbell. He's added a half-dozen offers from schools throughout the Southeast. The momentum may carry him towards SEC offers and his camp schedule reflects that.

Phenix City (Ala.) Central High has solid talent returning on both sides of the ball for the 2013 season.

Versatile rising junior athlete Traveon Samuel will be the headliner on offense while safety Christian Campbell will spearhead the defensive look for the Red Devils.

At 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, Campbell has captured the interest of many colleges this spring. He entered the evaluation period with just an offer from South Alabama to his name, but has since added Arkansas State, Jacksonville State, Memphis, Northern Illinois, Southern Miss and UAB to his growing list.

The next step for the rising senior is to hit the camp circuit in search of SEC offers.

"I've got seven right now!" he added. "Man, it's a blessing even to have one offer. Like I say in all my interviews and conversations, I thank God and I love it!

"My goal now is to get a lot of SEC offers and I'm real close. I'm going to Vanderbilt June 2nd and 'Bama June 3rd."

The camp at Alabama, in which Samuel and class of 2017 Red Devil linebacker standout Markail Benton will also participate, stands out for Campbell. The class of 2014 talent has never been to Tuscaloosa.

"I grew wanting to play for 'Bama since I was small," he admitted. "It's going to be amazing, it's going to make me work harder because that's a team I grew up watching."

The initial interest from the Crimson Tide has been expressed.

"Actually Kirby Smart and Nick Saban wanted me and Traveon to come up there and camp, and he goes to my coach Woodrow Lowe and talks to them," said Campbell. "They liked my film, and said I'm a good tackler."

The in-state rival Auburn Tigers also seem close to pulling the trigger for the rising senior. While Alabama covets him as a safety, AU envisions him on the outside at the next level.

"Auburn wants me at corner. When I took a visit (in April) I was speaking with Coach McGee and he wanted me at corner," he added. "He was telling me I was the right fit for their school and he said he was going to be recruiting me so be ready."

Campbell has no immediate plans after the initial camps for now, though any offers he picks up in the meantime could change his planning for the rest of the summer.


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