Arkansas wows Adrian Campbell

In his weekly column, Dudley E. Dawson catches up with Richardson Berkner defensive lineman Adrian Campbell (6-6, 260), who visited Arkansas this past weekend. This story is sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. It's free and so is a special offer to attend a Razorback event on the Arkansas Toyota Dealers website. Click on a banner for details.




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Now that Adrian Campbell has finally made it to the University of Arkansas, he sees what all the fuss is about with the nation's No. 5 team.

Campbell, a 6-6, 260-pound defensive lineman from Richardson (Texas) Berkner that the Razorbacks would line up at defensive end, was the biggest of three recruits that were on official visits this past weekend.

A young man who has 16 offers and originally committed to Baylor before opening things up, Campbell was still gushing about his visit – originally planned for two other times earlier this season - when he got back home.

"The atmosphere at Arkansas was the best at any stadium I have ever seen," Campbell said. "There were so many people there and they were so loud. They are a great football team."

The Irving (Texas) MacArthur duo of safety Bret Harris (5-11, 186, 4.43) and wideout Ron Brooks (6-0, 170, 4.3) also were in Fayetteville with Harris becoming the Razorbacks' 14th commitment of the 2007 class before he left.

They were dwarfed by Campbell Saturday night on the UA sidelines as the three Texas prospects and family members took in the pre-game hoopla.

Campbell – who looks like what an SEC defensive end should and is ranked as one of he top 70 in the country by Scout.com - had already visited Michigan State officially and been to most of the top colleges in Texas on unofficial visits before coming to Arkansas.

"This is the best school I have been to by far," Campbell said. "This is what big-time college football is suppose to look like with all these fans, College GameDay and a great atmosphere. Who wouldn't be fired up about playing in this atmosphere.

He took an immediate liking to Arkansas standout defensive ends Jamaal Anderson and Antwain Robinson, who acted as his hosts during the time they could this week while preparing for and then dominating Tennessee 31-14 on Saturday night.

"It was a great to get to hang out with the guys, watch how they play and pick up some of the finer points that they have learned since they got to college," Campbell said. "They were just in the backfield and in the quarterback's face all night long. It got me very excited about what I could do in this defense if I end up here and how I could learn from them and just pick right up with they left off. Man are those guys good."

Anderson really shined with 3 ½ sacks to push his season total to 10.

"I think Jaamal is the best defensive end there is in college," Campbell said. "…And he tells me that he used to be a wide receiver in high school that weighed just over 200 pounds and they turned him into a defensive end that weighs like 290 now. Man, can you imagine what they could do with me since I am already 260. I think they could take that big weight room and the great coaching and they could just turn me into a monster."

He thinks to add that to the strengths he has now could be a lethal combination for him.

"Throw that in with my size and how well I run to the ball and I think they could help me become a great one like Jamaal and Antwain are," Campbell said. "I need to work on my strength and my size a little more."

Campbell has plans to visit Kansas in either December or January with UCLA also begging him to visit.

But those are really the only schools he is considering now from a list that includes offers from Arkansas, Michigan State, Iowa, Iowa State, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Baylor, Mississippi State, San Diego State, Central Florida, SMU and Houston to name a few.

"Arkansas knows I am going to take some more, but they also know they are my top school right now," Campbell said. "I couldn't be anymore impressed with Arkansas."

Campbell's senior season is still alive thanks to a 48-47 win over Plano East that moved Richardson Berkner (7-3) into a matchup this Friday night and will now move on to play South Garland in a 1 p.m. at the Dallas Cowboys' Texas Stadium.

"I guess I play angry," Campbell said earlier. "My mindset is to find the ball wherever it goes."



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