Speedster Says He Wants To Be An AU Tiger

Auburn picked up a third public football verbal commitment on Monday and seventh in the past two days.

Hialeah, Fla.--Speedy athlete Anthony Campbell has decided that he will spend his college career on the Plains and has committed to Auburn.

"I'm going to Auburn," the 5-10, 180-pounder with blazing speed tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I like the coaches, I like the players and I like the school."

Campbell, who says he made his decision on Monday, says that things just came down to what felt right. "It is just where I wanted to be at and where I felt comfortable at being around the players," he says. "I got along with the players really well and I felt comfortable there and that was all I was looking for because most of the schools were offering me the same thing. So, I just chose where I wanted to be and feel comfortable, where I could be for four or five years."

Anthony Campbell

The running back, defensive back and kick returner rushed for 1,092 yards as a senior at Hialeah High 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.

Campbell was recruited by a variety of Big Ten colleges and many others, says his coach, Glenn Maoiolini. However he took his visits to AU, Ole Miss, Rutgers and Memphis.

A 5-10, 180-pounder, he was clocked at 4.38 in the 40-yard dash at an Auburn football camp and had a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump. Maoiolini says that Campbell ran a 4.32 40-yard dash time at a combine held last year at the NFL training camp for the Miami Dolphins. "He has exceptional quickness," the coach says.

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 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 that Campbell will be a fun player to watch in college. "He is an exciting football player and he is a special kid," the coach says. "He is respected here by his teammates and the students at Central High who voted him Homecoming King."


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