'Cats Target JUCO Nosetackle

MANHATTAN, Kan. - It's always a good idea to bring in a bulk of defensive lineman in any recruiting class, especially when you're team is losing four starters to graduation. On Kansas State's radar is East Los Angeles College (Monterey Park, CA) defensive lineman Demetrius Campbell, who can either play the end or inside on the defensive front.

Campbell has yet to receive an official offer from the Kansas State Wildcats but a January visit to campus may earn him one.

"I really like Kansas State football," said Demetrius Campbell. "Bill Synder has run a great program there for a longtime. They have had a lot of success bring in junior college players. They have a tradition of winning Big 12 championships and I'd like to possibly go be a part of helping them to carry on that tradition.

"I've been talking with Coach Dickey about making a visit. I'm looking at Mississippi State, Kansas State, West Virginia, Baylor, and Oregon State, but I'm definitely going to take visits to Kansas State and West Virginia."

After playing high school football at Kathleen High School in Lakeland, Fla. Campbell headed across the country to continue his career at ELAC.

"California's a long way from Florida," Campbell said while chuckling. "Going here helped me to mature quickly. Out in California they don't give scholarships. When I get to Division 1 I'll appreciate it more because I realize what a struggle it's been to get there. I'll be going in a man and ready to handle my business."

Campbell, 6-foot-5, 270-pounds, had 45 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, three and a half sacks, and a forced fumble in his second year as a starter at ELAC. He played about half of the season at defensive end and the other half at defensive tackle. His play has garnered plenty of recruiting interest and now must seek out his next stop in his playing and scholastic career.

"My working towards my degree in secondary education so find a place with a good program is important to me," Campbell stated. "With the team, I want to be able to come in and compete for a job. I want to go to a team that needs me and not just wants me. If it's a program that's been struggling, I want to help turn them around. If it's a team that's been winning championships, then I want to help keep that going. The moment will come when I'll know where I need to go. I've been praying about it. I just want to feel at ease and comfortable in my new surroundings."

The ELAC Huskies finished 6-4 in 2012 in the SCFA American Division/Mountain Conference. Campbell will gradate in May and be ready to arrive on his chosen campus in June with two seasons of eligibility remaining in three years.

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