Campbell Talks About Commitment

Aurora (Colo.) South standout tight end/defensive end Calais Campbell recently took a four-day unofficial visit to the University of Miami because he was feeling good about the Hurricanes.

"As the summer went on, I thought more and more about where I might be going to college," Campbell said. "So when I started to break things down, the more I started to think that maybe Miami is the best place for me."

Up until the visit, the only exposure Campbell had to UM was watching games on TV, meeting coach Mark Stoops, and talking to Rob Chudzinski.

"I've always watched them," he said. "When you see Miami, you're seeing something different. They play on another level, it's amazing. The quality of players that come out of there is unbelievable and I knew that. In the spring, Coach Stoops came by the school and I also got a chance to talk to Chud. They made it very clear that they wanted me so I decided to take a trip there to find out more."

The visit went very well for Campbell. He spent some time doing a little bit of everything.

"I got a chance to hang out with the coaches," he said. "I watched film, talked to them, and just got a real good understanding of what they're like. Meeting Coach Coker and standing next to their 2001 National Championship trophy was great. I was thinking 'I want to help win one of those someday.'"

Campbell, who stands 6-foot-7 and 228 pounds, also had a chance to meet several players.

"I hung out with a lot of the incoming freshmen," he said. "I talked to a lot of them because they just recently went through the recruiting process and they all seemed real happy about Miami."

Campbell got an up-close look at how hard the Hurricanes train during the offseason.

"It was really hot out there and I saw their whole team working really hard trying to get better," he said. "Their whole team is really strong and really fast and they like to work. I thought about the challenge and how it'll help me and that's when I knew I had to come."

The rising senior, who is still waiting on test scores, said one of the things he talked about with the UM coaches was his future position.

"They're still trying to choose right now," he said. "It'll either be tight end or defensive end. They said I'll probably start out as a defensive end and I'm glad because that's where I want to play. I might be tall but I think I have good speed and agility. Plus I have long arms to keep the linemen off me and I know how to pass rush (Campbell led the state in sacks as a junior). Then if defense doesn't work then I'll move to tight end. Basically, I just like hitting people."

The standout TE/DE, who also averages 23 points and 16 boards per game in basketball, said he chose the Hurricanes over Colorado State and Nebraska.

"CSU and Nebraska really tried to get me," he said. "My brother will even be at CSU in the fall. But the challenge that awaits at Miami is not something I could pass up. I want to eventually play in the NFL and this is going to be a great opportunity."

Campbell said he expects to be recruited by other programs still but he wants people to know that he's a Hurricane now.

"I'm done with visits, all of that," he said. "[Miami] offered me and I gave them my word that I'll sign. I'm going to be a Miami Hurricane and it feels great."

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