Houston DB looking to SEC

HOUSTON - Westfield High School safety Corey Campbell lets his play do the talking.<br><br>"Corey is a very quiet young man," Westfield head coach Ron Lynch said. "He's one of those kids that you have to pull words out of, but you get him on the football field and he's a different animal. He can really lay the wood to the opponent."

Getting recognition on a team with seven Division I prospects, Campbell's play has been as loud as a bullhorn. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound defensive back – who scored over 1000 on his SAT – is being recruited by LSU, Arkansas, Tennessee, Iowa State and Florida, just to name a few.


While it seems Campbell may be an Arkansas lean, LSU assistant coach Kirk Doll is doing a solid job in recruiting the Mustang safety, Lynch said. But there are some intangibles that put Arkansas into the mix with the Tigers.


Tony Ugoh, an All-State offensive lineman from Westfield in 2001, is a redshirt freshman for the Razorbacks. Lynch's first cousin, David Lee, is the offensive coordinator for the Razorbacks.


Campbell took his official visit to Arkansas last weekend, but he grew up in Baton Rouge until the fifth grade. He is well aware of the Tiger Stadium mystique and plans to take an official visit to LSU.


"I still have family that lives in the area," Campbell said. "I've been to Tiger Stadium when they played Tulane years ago and it was loud, real loud. It is just a great college football atmosphere."


Campbell moved from receiver to safety as a sophomore and impressed Lynch enough to start him on defense. He had a breakout season as a junior with nine interceptions on a 12-2 Westfield team that reached the Class 5-A semifinals. He was named to the 2002 Dave Campbell's Preseason Super Team and was a first-team preseason all-district selection.


"Statistically, it may not seem like he had a great season, but Corey was the anchor of our defense," Lynch said. "He had three interceptions, but we relied on him to step up closer to the line of scrimmage because we were so young at linebacker and defensive line. He sacrificed and did what we asked, and did a great job at it."


Although his natural position is safety, Campbell has the speed to be a large cornerback – a position coveted by Southeastern Conference coaches.


"Corey is what we call football quick and fast," Lynch said. "He won the 100-meter dash at the Rice Invitational with a 10.4 time, so he is being looked at as a safety and corner. That makes him very versatile."


Westfield High School, which has become a football factory over the past few years, produced Ugoh, Arizona freshman running back Beau Carr and Wildcat cornerback Gary Shephard off of last years' team. Carr ran for four touchdowns this season as a true freshman.


Iowa State's leading tackler Brandon Brown was a member of the 2000 Westfield team.


This season, Westfield will send seven players to the Division I ranks – Campbell, kicker David Dyches, quarterback Marc Spivey (Missouri), receiver Adam Galbreath (SMU), offensive lineman Carroll Madison (Syracuse, Rice, Oklahoma State), receiver Ray Pellerin (TCU, Houston), and lineman Brett Curvey (Iowa State).  


"We have some great players and we should have had a better season," Campbell said. "We had some sophomores on defense and two seniors and we did what we could."

Westfield's most decorated prep star is LSU pitcher Mike Sirotka, who is currently pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays. Sirotka starred on three LSU College World Series teams.

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