Speedster Gives AU Visit High Marks

This south Florida prep star discusses his weekend in Auburn.

Hialeah, Fla.--Speedy Anthony Campbell gave high marks to his official visit to check out the Auburn football Tigers.

"I would give it a 9.0 on a scale of 10," he told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "No, make that a 9.5."

When asked if there was anything he didn't like about the visit, "The only thing I didn't like was getting up too early in the morning. That was it. I had a real good time.

"I enjoyed hanging out with a lot of the people there. Patrick Lee was my host. I knew him because I had competed against him when he was in high school. We chilled with a lot of the other guys. It was really a good experience."

Anthony Campbell

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.

The trip to Auburn was the second for Campbell. He attended a football camp at Auburn last summer. He said prior to making the trip he wanted to get a feel for the campus and town with the students there.

"I wanted to see how the players get along and how the players are treated at Auburn," he says. "I found out myself that people really like the players and Auburn football. There is no doubt about that."

Campbell says he toured the business school and was impressed with what he saw and heard there. "The adviser told me if I come to Auburn they will make sure that I get a strong education and a degree that will lead to a job when I graduate."

Campbell says he wants to take more visits before making his college choice. He has also been to Ole Miss this month and has a trip set to Rutgers next weekend where he has friends on the football team.

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. The coach adds, "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."


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