LB Comes Away Impressed with ASU Camp

Jordan Campbell didn't need a name tag to be recognized at the Sun Devils' Football Camp on Sunday. His arrival in Tempe was much anticipated, and consequently lived up to expectations. Devils Digest caught up with the ASU prospect and got his thoughts about his quick visit to the Valley of the Sun.

"It was very good," said the 6-0 226 Jordan Campbell on his Sun Devil experience. "There were a lot of good football players there. It was hot, but it was a beautiful sunny day for football. I liked the drills, especially the one on ones. They evaluated us on a lot of stuff, like eye-hand coordination, and I enjoyed that."

Campbell, who's being recruited by Coach Tom Osborne, believes that he did leave a strong positive mark during Sunday's outing. "I had a real good day," he claimed. "I know the coaches were impressed with me at the linebacker position, and said that I was the best linebacker in camp. I even did some drills at running back and Coach Koetter said that with my size I could play running back too."

The ASU camp marked the first time that the Norco (Calif.) standout visited Tempe, and his first impressions were quite strong. "The facilities were great," remarked Campbell. "I got see the weight room and it was great. I also got to see the film room, and saw what the defense did last year. I really liked everything about this school."

According to the linebacker, he was told that a scholarship from the maroon and gold should be arriving any day now. "The defensive coordinator (Bill Miller) liked me and told me that I have the attitude on the field that he's looking for," said Campbell. "I have a mean attitude and I'm very competitive. I just like to bang people and knocking off tight ends and running backs off their feet. I knocked off some players in camp today. I think I showed the coaches that I can do everything that I need to do to play at the college level, and that I'm a hard nosed player."

Campbell stated that he was clocked at 4.17 seconds during his shuttle drill, 4.7 seconds, in the 40-yard dash, and measured 30.3 inches in the vertical jump. During his junior campaign he collected 135 tackles (75 solo) and had three fumble recoveries. He was named a second-team all-state selection during the 2005 CIF Championship campaign (Norco had a 13-1 record). "If I'm hitting you, you're going backwards," he said as he described his skills. "I can run sideline to sideline and I can run with the running backs. I can play all three linebacker positions and also safety. I'm very good at reading offenses, and reacting quickly. I need to work on my pass coverage and running a faster 40-time. Really, I can improve on everything."

The Norco star plans to visit ASU officially in the fall. Looks like the competition for his services, will be among the Sun Devils and three of their Pac-10 foes. "USC, Oregon and Washington are my favorites along with ASU," he explained. "Oregon and Washington are recruiting me pretty hard, but ASU is right there with them. I'm a West Coast guy, and I think I'm gonna play in the Pac-10." Campbell has already visited USC unofficially, and plans to trip to Oregon and Washington as well."

The linebacker has a 2.75 GPA and is awaiting his test scores. He exudes the mentality of a throwback and non-sense player, and when asked what factors will help him settle on a school, his answer was just as pragmatic: "How many people are in front of me (at the linebacker position), the campus, the team record, and if they're a rising program."

Jordan Campbell is a rising star. In a few months, one lucky Pac-10 school will enjoy his services.

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