Chance Campbell

No. 23 ILB Chance Campbell talks Michigan State, Maryland, Rutgers

Baltimore Calvert Hall ILB Chance Campbell made several visits, and added a Michigan State offer Thursday.

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When teammate Tyshon Fogg went through the recruiting process in the 2017 class, schools inquired about 2018 inside linebacker Chance Campbell, and he began building relationships.

One of those was with Michigan State, which extended an offer Thursday. The Spartans are the third Big Ten schools to offer the 6-foot-2, 225-pound inside linebacker from Baltimore Calvert Hall, joining Maryland and Rutgers.

"It kind of caught me off guard a little bit. I'm a little stunned," Campbell said. "I haven't been able to think about it too much. I'm just really excited."

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Campbell needs to learn more about the school and the inner workings of the program, but he knows plenty about the defense.

"I watched college football with my dad, and watched them play defense," Campbell said. "I watched some of the Bulloughs come through and what they did at linebacker. I watched them."

By now, everyone knows the strong push Maryland coach D.J. Durkin is making to keep the best talent home, but there are other things standing out to prospects.

"Just great people," Campbell said. "I really like their coaches. Everything their program teaches, what they are building on, and their mantra is really neat with them trending upwards.

"What they're putting into the program from an academic standpoint, athletically, socially, it's really neat."

Campbell made several visits to Maryland, and he is close with linebackers coach Matt Barnes. He wants to return to campus for a spring practice, but finding the time is difficult because he plays lacrosse.

Still, he found the time to make a trip to Rutgers recently, 

"They gave us an academic rundown, and we were able to see the weight room," Campbell said. "We were able to sit in position meetings and talk about the program, and meet our position coaches, too."

Campbell's main contact is defensive coordinator Jay Niemann.

"He's a great guy," Campbell said. "He wants the best for the guys he recruits, which is pretty neat. He is super knowledgeable and it is interesting the see the way he handles things."

If Campbell needs to learn more about the Scarlet Knights, though, he does not go far. Fogg, who is originally from Asbury Park, N.J., signed with Rutgers in February.

"He loves it up there," Campbell said. "He tells me how it is up there, and he is really comfortable with the program."

Campbell also visited Pittsburgh for a junior day.

"I got to see a basketball game, which was really neat, got to see the facilities and then a little bit of the school as well," Campbell said. "We didn't get to see Heinz Field, but we did get to see their practice facility and where they do most of their stuff.


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