A top 2016 prospect has emerged in the state of Missouri in St. Louis Chaminiade Prep cornerback Roderick Campbell. The 6-foot, 180 pound junior-to-be has already picked up two scholarship offers, from Indiana and Kentucky.
Campbell shared his emotions on the experience of his first scholarships rolling in.
"I'm just blessed," he said. "It was unexpected. I didn't know it was coming. I thank god for it. I'm just working hard to keep getting my name out there. It's really nice knowing I have a full-ride scholarship to one of those two colleges."
The Hoosiers caught him off guard with the news.
"I was in the middle of a workout," Campbell noted. "One of the Indiana coaches was in town. He saw me doing my defensive back drills. He contacted my coach afterwards and let him know they wanted to offer me. It was my first offer. I don't know anything about them. I know they're in the Big Ten. I'll have to do some research on them."
His second offer came from the Wildcats.
"Kentucky offered me yesterday," Campbell pointed out. "They came to our school to check out a few kids during the Spring. My coach showed them my film at that time. They saw it and loved the way I played the game. They decided recently it was good enough for an offer."
"I know they're from the SEC," he added. "I know that's one of the toughest conferences in the country. I don't know much about them other than how good they are at basketball."
Campbell recently was in Columbus as he took part in the Ohio State one-day camp on Sunday.
"I went to the Ohio State camp and hopefully I can get that offer soon," he admitted. "Some of the coaches told me I had great technique. They liked the way I reacted to the ball. They want me to keep working and they'll be in contact."
"I grew up liking Ohio State," Campbell continued. "That's why I camped there. They've always been my school, but I really don't know why. I feel like Missouri should have been my team, and I like them, but there's something about the Buckeyes. It's a powerhouse program."
More schools have reached out to Campbell as well.
"I've been in contact with a few other schools," he stated. "I hope to get more offers. I've heard from Notre Dame, Navy, Oregon, Illinois, Northwestern, Missouri, and Kansas State."
Campbell prides himself on his football IQ. That's one of the areas of his game he considers to be an asset, but he also is aware that he needs to continue to improve as well.
"I'm a very smart player," he mentioned. "I recognize formations right away and know where the ball will go. I can dissect it down to know if they're going to run or pass, or if they're going to come at me or go away from me. I'm always studying film and pick out tendencies that each wide receiver has. I feel like I'm a ball hawk. If it's in the air, it's mine. I'll make a play on it."
"I need to work on getting faster, quicker, and stronger. That will all come with time and a strong work ethic."
2016 Intro: Roderick Campbell
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