With only a few spots left in the University of Arkansas' 2007 recruiting class, Richardson (Texas) Berkner defensive lineman Adrian Campbell decided the time to get his seat on the bus was right now.
Campbell (6-6, 255, 4.8), who got a call from UA assistant James Shibest that furthered things along, did just that in committing to the Razorbacks on Monday afternoon and becoming the UA's 23rd verbal pledge of the current class.
"I have thought it was where I wanted to go all along, but I just wanted to be sure," Campbell said. "But when Coach Shibest called and said they really needed an answer one way or the other because they were running out of scholarships, I sit down with my dad and mom and we decided it was time to go ahead and commit."
Campbell, who could line up at either defensive tackle or defensive end for Arkansas, had 92 tackles this season, 12 quarterback hurries, 7 sacks and 6 pass break ups – an obvious rarity from a defensive lineman spot.
"I think the best things about my game are my strength, the way I use my hands and my good footwork," Campbell said. "I also think I hustle when I am on the football field and always get to the ball."
Campbell, who also took official visits to Michigan State , Kansas and Houston and had 16 offers, made his official trek to Arkansas on the weekend that the Razorbacks routed Tennessee 31-14 and ESPN's College GameDay was on hand.
"I just liked the school, the coaches, the coaches and all the players, the academics and just everything about the place," Campbell said. "I knew it was going to hard for anybody to beat what they had but I wanted to take another visit just to be sure."
He took one to the Universty of Kansas, where he was shown around by former Richardson Berkner teammate Aqib Talib.
"I really liked Kansas, too, but in the end I just knew Arkansas was the place for me," Campbell said. "I know it's the right choice and I that they are going to help develop me and I'll have a great career there and get a great education."
He was especially impressed with Razorback defensive ends Jamaal Anderson and Antwain Robinson, who acted as his hosts during his official visit.
"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 that night 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 took the ACT this past Saturday.
"I just need to get my score up on that," Campbell said. "Hopefully I did that on Saturday so I can come in and be a Razorback right away."
Campbell picks Arkansas
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