Productive Speedster Checking Out The Tigers

This two-way player has the speed to go all the way when he gets a football in his hands.

Hialeah, Fla.--Two-way player Anthony Campbell is taking an official visit to Auburn this weekend.

A speedy running back, defensive back and kick returner from Hialeah High School, he rushed for 1,092 yards as a senior and returned four kickoffs for touchdowns. He totaled 17 touchdowns as a senior and finished his high school senior season with nearly 4,000 career total rushing yards as a three-year starter at tailback who saw his first varsity action as a freshman.

"I came to Auburn for a summer football camp and I will be back to check out the campus and see what it is like with the students there," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I will find out how much I like it when I take my visit to Auburn."

Campbell, who visited Ole Miss last weekend, says he is also looking at Rutgers (Jan. 23) and Memphis (Jan. 30).

A 5-10, 170-pounder, he was clocked at 4.38 at an Auburn football camp and had a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump. His coach at Central High, Glenn Maoiolini, says that Campbell ran an even faster 40-yard dash time at a combine held last year at the home base for the NFL's Miami Dolphins. "He ran a 4.32 that day," Maoiolini notes. "He has exceptional quickness.

"Anthony has turned down a lot of offers from Big Ten schools because he isn't interested in going up there," says. "He is going to visit Rutgers because he has friends on the team there. I believe he is very interested in Auburn.

"He is being recruited by colleges as a defensive back and a running back," his coach adds. "Anthony wants a shot at playing running back, but knows that he will need to put on weight to be able to do that in a league like the SEC so that means he is a player who might need to come in and redshirt. He also knows that his best position in college might be cornerback."

Maoiolini, who has worked as a coach at Auburn summer football camps, says that Campbell came to an AU camp last year and liked what he saw and so did the coach. "Auburn's summer camps are so well organized and well run that they are a pleasure to work at. From the time you arrive there is somebody there waiting to get you checked in and it is well organized until it is time to leave. The players who attend get a lot out of it because there are so many good athletes there and they also have a lot of fun."

Campbell had nine kickoff/punt returns for touchdowns at Central High and Maoiolini notes that colleges recruiting him are eager to give the speedster a chance to do that at the next level.

Campbell says he is still open on his college choice. "I am interested in Auburn, but don't really have a leader now," he says.

Campbell also plans to run track this spring and will compete in the 100, 200 and long jump. He says his best 100-time as a junior was 10.9.

"I would describe myself as a finesse runner and I am not a big back, but I can take a hit and I am not afraid of contact," he says.

Maoiolini says whoever signs Campbell will be getting a good one. "He is an exciting football player and he is a special kid. He is respected here by his teammates and the students at Central High who voted him Homecoming King."

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