Christian's Christmas Wish

Phenix City, Ala., Central safety Christian Campbell (6-2, 185, 4.5) - an Arkansas recruiting target - is fresh off a starring performance at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game and needs just one thing over the holidays to make it a very Merry Christmas.

Alabama prep safety Christian Campbell wants just one thing for Christmas – albeit it will arrive later than the actual holiday.

The Phenix City, Ala., Central standout – fresh off a starring role at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game - just wants a qualifying ACT score and should get the results back on his latest attempt soon.

Campbell (6-2, 185, 4.5) has 11 offers, but is still looking for that first big one from an SEC, Pac 12 or Big 12 team.

"There have been a lot of teams telling me they are just waiting to see what I get on the ACT before they offer me," Campbell said. "They love how I play on the field and say I just need to get that score."

One of those teams is Arkansas, who has been monitoring Campbell's play this fall and is poised to make an offer and bring him in for a visit during January.

Razorback assistant coach Taver Johnson recently visited Campbell and his mom.

"My mom was very impressed with him and so was I," Campbell said. "He came in and told us everything about Arkansas, talked about how they thought I was a great player and wanted me to come check it out.

"He also gave me a book that just goes over everything they are trying to get accomplished on and off the field," Campbell added. "It's just all very impressive.

"I'm going to go up there in January and see for myself," Campbell continued. "I'm really looking forward to it."

Campbell's official visit to Arkansas is likely to take place on January Jan. 17-19.

Central head coach Woodrow Lowe says that Campbell has great potential.

"I just think we've scratched the surface with him," Lowe said. "I think he can be just as good as he wants to be. He's going to be a big guy. He's not even finished starting to fill out yet. Once that happens, he's going to be a dangerous guy."

He is currently set to visit Minnesota on Jan. 24-26 and Vanderbilt would like him to take a visit there on Jan. 31-Feb. 2.

Campbell already has offers from Memphis, Southern Miss, Northern Illinois, Western Kentucky, Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Colorado State, South Alabama, Jacksonville State and Georgia Southern.

But playing in the SEC has been a dream.

"I obviously have grown up in the South watching SEC football and I would love to play in that league since it is the best of the best with all the national championships and all the attention," Campbell said.

"But they play great football in the Pac 12 and Big 10 and Big 12, too, so I wouldn't mind playing in one of those conferences as well," Campbell said. "I just want a chance to play on the big stage."

Campbell shined in Alabama's 21-17 win over Mississippi last Saturday in the aforementioned all-star game.

He was second on the Alabama tackle chart with nine stops and also had a huge hit on punt coverage.

"It was great playing in that game and practicing with those guys during All-Star week," Campbell said. "I think coaches saw during the practices and the games that I can compete at the highest level with some great players.

Campbell had 83 tackles, three interceptions and five pass break ups as a junior.

"I think I break on the ball really well, cover well and love to come up and hit," Campbell said. "I am still working on my footwork and just trying to get better with my technique."





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