The recruitment for Darius Campbell has been a long and winding road. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound cornerback from Marrero (La.) John Ehret committed to Tulane nearly a year ago and held onto that commitment until December. After committing a second time to Jackson State, Campbell appeared set on his college destination.
But after a need developed for Colorado State at his position with just a few days before National Signing Day, Campbell figured the opportunity to play at the FBS level was too hard to pass up, so he committed to the Rams once an offer was extended.
For Campbell, it's the chance of a lifetime.
"Me and my parents, we talked about it, and we thought it would be a great fit for me," Campbell said of his decision. "The coaches really wanted me up there. It'll be a great experience."
During the recruiting process, Campbell attained offers from CSU, Jackson State, Louisiana Monroe, McNeese State, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Troy, Tulane, and UTSA. Colorado State offered him a week ago, although they had been communicating with him and sending him mail since the start of his senior season.
Rams running backs coach Bryan Applewhite served as Campbell's lead recruiter. Campbell committed to CSU site unseen, but will take his official visit within the next few weeks once he signs with the Rams on Wednesday.
From what he has heard from Applewhite and seen on the internet, Campbell likes everything CSU has to offer.
"He's been telling me about the spots where I could fit in and what I can do there, as well as everything they're building that's coming in for the new year, like the new stadium, new locker room and stuff like that," Campbell said. "He said I have a great chance of starting if I can come in there and put in work."
CSU is recruiting Campbell to play cornerback, a spot he flourished in as a prep. Campbell's quick-twitch athleticism, sure hands and precise route running may enable him to be a slot receiver at the next level, too. The Rams haven't ruled that option out, either.
But at just under 5-foot-9 and 170-pounds, Campbell may have a higher ceiling at cornerback or nickel back.
"They said if I show up and play both, I will - both receiver and cornerback. On defense, they said they like the way I play aggressive without having the ball in my hand. On offense, they like the moves I can do in the open field."
After a whirlwind recruitment, the new CSU Ram is excited to prove he can make an immediate impact for the Rams.
"I'm very excited. It was a stressful process trying to choose a school, but I feel I made the right choice and the best choice," he said.
Campbell's only official visit was to Jackson State. His updated senior year statistics were unavailable, but he helped Ehret to a 12-3 mark.