Todd Campbell says he had no choice but to be a Kentucky football fan when he started his high school football career in western Kentucky at Todd Central High School. Now that he's playing for Franklin (Tenn.) High School, that blue blood could help influence his recruiting decision.
"Living in Kentucky, you've got to grow up a Kentucky fan. It's just one of those things that has to happen," said Campbell.
Campbell, a wide receiver who had 35 catches for 810 yards and 12 touchdowns last year, was "thrilled" when Kentucky offered him a scholarship. "It's nice to know they are still thinking about me. Being from Kentucky, that scholarship offer is really a nice thing to have and a great thing to consider," he said.
His father played high school football against UK offensive coordinator Joker Phillips and the two have been friends for years. However, his mother went to Tennessee and Vanderbilt and both of those schools have offered scholarships along with Louisville, South Carolina, Kansas State, Mississippi State and Alabama.
"Dad says he will be happy wherever I go, but I am sure he has one place he wants me to go. Still, he'll be happy wherever I go. Same with mom. We have three different schools in the mix, but she'll be happy with any choice I make," Campbell said.
Campbell visited UK when the Kentucky basketball team hosted Florida in its Senior Day Game March 5. He probably won't attend UK's camp this summer, but he will be at a combine in Louisville May 20.
"I had already been at Kentucky, so I knew what to expect. It's a beautiful campus with a nice indoor facility. I like the field and weight room. Everything is good," Campbell said. "Coach Phillips is the one recruiting me. He is a great guy. He relates to me because he kind of knows our family and knows what is going on."
Of course, it's hard not to relate to a 6-1, 190-pound receiver who has run the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds he also wants to run track in college and likes making big plays.
"I am the type of guy who just wants to score. If I have the ball, then I am looking to go to the goal line any way I can. Whatever it takes to get there, I'll do it," Campbell, who also plays basketball, said.
He doesn't expect a long delay in making his college choice and says he would prefer to have it done in the "next month or so" so he can concentrate on winning a state championship his senior year.
And where would Kentucky be on his list right now? "Kentucky would be one of the schools in the top three. Kentucky is No. 2. Tell Kentucky people to keep an eye on me," he said. "Vanderbilt is No. 3."
And who is No. 1? "No. 1 is a secret, and is still definitely subject to change. Schools come and go. I might find something better and move another school to the top. But I want to make my decision pretty quick," Campbell said.
VAUGHT: Campbell mulling things over
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