Port Orange, Fla., standout Jeremy Campbell has proven to be capable of juggling a couple of sports, a variety of positions on the football field, and a handful of scholarship offers. One of those offers is from Indiana, and the Hoosiers appear to be very much in the running for this fleet-footed athlete.
The 6-2, 214-pound Campbell is an all-area talent in basketball for Spruce Creek H.S., but it's on the football field where he's expected to shine at the next level. While he's also played wide receiver, strong safety and quarterback at the prep level, it's as an outside linebacker that most colleges are recruiting him.
"Everyone has been talking to me about playing as a linebacker type," said Campbell. "I don't really care where I play, but I see myself as linebacker. I think I'm an excellent blitzer, someone that can come off the edge like no one else."
A year ago, Campbell helped lead Spruce Creek to the third round of the state playoffs and an 8-3 season by totaling 43 tackles, including three sacks. Two of the three losses – including a 40-14 setback in the state playoffs - came to Mainland H.S., which featured soon-to-be IU freshman Matt Lewis.
Campbell played on a defense that surrendered only 11.0 points per game and recorded four consecutive shutouts during one stretch. That defense also included Tony Adams and Ian Lundy, a pair of players that wound up signing with Southern Illinois.
Campbell, meanwhile, is a sure-fire high Division I-A prospect. Indiana is one of many programs that have been showing interest, along with Purdue, Louisville, Illinois and Marshall, among others.
"I've had numerous offers, including one from Indiana," said Campbell, who ran a 4.69 in the 40 in the spring. "But I'm not going to make a decision until I take my visits and visit the campuses.
"I always wanted to make my decision after I take my visits because I don't want to make a decision and not have been able to see or be a part of the place for a little bit. I don't want to make a decision without ever having visited or ever having talked to the coaches in person."
While that will likely push his decision back to the fall, he said he does intend to take his visits during the season instead of waiting until the conclusion of his senior campaign.
While Campbell remains wide open, he has been impressed with the Indiana program and his recruiter, IU quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator Matt Canada. With the change in coaching staffs in Bloomington, Canada has joined Troy Douglas in recruiting Florida.
"Coach Canada has really put an imprint on me," said Campbell. "He's really made me feel like I belong at Indiana.
"He reminds me so much of that father figure type that I can count on or that I can go to when I need help if I'm there, instead of trying to drag my actual father into everything. Coach Canada seems like the kind of guy that would be there when I needed him."
Campbell Has IU Offer, Interest In Hoosiers
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