Buffs Show Interest in Norco Linebacker

A player the CU staff liked at the Stanford Nike Combine was Jordan Campbell from Norco, California. Campbell was impressive in many phases at the combine, but maybe the most impressive thing he did was put up 41 bench reps of 185 pounds. The talented two-way star for Norco has six written offers and has interest in the Buffs.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 226
40 time: 4.68
Bench: 375
Squat: 505
Clean: 275
Vertical: 34 1/2
From: Norco, California
High School: Norco

As a sophomore, Jordan Campbell rushed for 723 yards. He played primarily at linebacker as a junior in 2005, thanks to the presence of California's all-time leading rusher, Toby Gerhart, ahead of him. Last fall, he ended up with 135 tackles and was a second-team all-state under-class selection during the 2005 CIF Championship campaign (13-1 record). 75 of his 135 tackles were for losses and he also had three fumble recoveries.

Campbell feels he was born to play linebacker. "I've always been around a football," he explains. "I've been playing since I was eight years old. When I was little I used to watch game film with my dad, so there's not an offense I haven't seen. I'm really good at the blitz, too. My pass drop is what I need to work on. When I transferred to Norco, I had never really worked on my pass-drop because my old school had more of a running game. Norco passes a lot more so I'm really trying to get my pass-drop down."

The linebacker has six written offers; Oregon, UNLV, New Mexico, Connecticut, Minnesota, and Baylor. "Of the schools that have offered me, I like Oregon and UNLV. I also like Arizona State, USC, Fresno State, Arizona, and Boise State. I think I will end up in the Pac Ten - that is where I want to play."

His parents also have their favorites. "My dad likes Arizona State and Oregon and my mom's whole side of the family are huge USC homers."

However, he does have a slight interest in a couple schools away from the west coast. "I also like Colorado and Colorado State. Colorado came by my school last week and I spoke with their coach. I forget his name. Colorado has a very good program and I hear the campus is real pretty."

Other colleges he is a little interested in include Oregon State and San Diego State.

Many schools have been coming by Norco recently, not only to check in on Campbell, but also on his teammates Adam Tello and Garth Gerhart. "We would like to go to the same college but I think it would be more likely to see those two to go to the same place. If it works out for all three of us at the same college, great, if not, that is fine, too."

Just last week, besides a CU staff member, Norco received visits from Pete Carroll, Oregon State, New Mexico, Oregon, Boise State, and Stanford.

Campbell insists that UNLV, Arizona State and Oregon are recruiting him the hardest.

This summer, he plans on attending camps at USC, Oregon, Washington, Fresno State, Arizona State, and UNLV.

Campbell carries a 2.75 core GPA and recently took the SAT. He is thinking of majoring in Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy.

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