Louisville lands JUCO linebacker

Chris Campa, a 6'2, 215-pound linebacker from Butler CC, had such a great time visiting Louisville this weekend that he decided to end his recruitment. A speedy linebacker, Campa led the NJCAA national champions in tackles and figures to make an impact for the Louisville defense next season.

Chris Campa, a 6'2, 215-pound linebacker from Butler CC, had such a great time visiting Louisville this weekend that he decided to end his recruitment. A speedy linebacker, Campa led the NJCAA national champions in tackles and figures to make an impact for the Louisville defense next season.

"I chose Louisville because of their tradition," Campa said. "I like the coaching staff. I like the city. It's a big football city. They have great facilities. My host was Richard Raglin. He showed me around and I had a good time. I met all the coaches. They don't have a defensive coordinator but basically what they told me was that they weren't going to change anything – they are still going to play four linemen and three linebackers."

With the Cardinals losing two of three starting linebackers to graduation, opportunity for immediate playing time exists for Campa at Louisville.

"That was probably the main factor," Campa said. "I want to go somewhere I know that I can play off the bat. I have two years and I want to put them to good use. They told me there's going to be playing time and I hope to get some."

Campa led Butler, who finished 14-0 and won the NJCAA national championship, in tackles with 104. He also had 11 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, seven hurries and forced two fumbles.

"Chris is very active," Butler coach Troy Morrell said. "He led our team in tackles this year. He can make plays both in the running and passing game. His speed is definitely to his advantage. He can run – he's a legitimate 4.5 kid. He's very agile and can change directions. Technique-wise he is sound and does a good job."

Campa said he will sign with Louisville on Wednesday and enroll at UofL next month. He'll be able to participate in spring practice for the Cardinals.

"I'm fast and I can run," Campa said. "I can run around and make plays. If I'm not making the tackle I don't feel like I'm doing anything."


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