Coker Visits Top DL

At 6-foot-8 and 230 pounds, Denver (Colo.) South standout defensive end Calais Campbell saw his senior season end a little earlier than he had hoped for. However, he made his mark this season.

"I stretched my all-time state sack record to 57 this season," he said. "I had gotten it last year when I got to 38. Then I got 19 more this year. The record used to be 37 so I'm pretty happy about that. Nobody has come even close to blocking me yet and I know I'm only gonna get better."

Campbell, who also caught four touchdown passes as a defensive end, had an outstanding season opener in basketball earlier this week as well.

"We won our first game and I scored 35 points, had 20 boards, and six blocked shots," he said. "I was out there ballin man, you don't understand. They ain't seen anything like me."

Campbell, who will re-take the ACT on Dec. 12, is headed to Miami this weekend for an official visit.

"I'm still 100-percent committed to Miami," he said. "There's no doubt in my mind where I'm going. I'm a Hurricane. I'm taking my official visit there this weekend so hopefully I can chill with the players and meet some other recruits."

The talented tight end/defensive end said he's thought about which side of the ball he hopes to play on in college.

"I wanna try defense because I think I'm better on that side of the ball," he said. "But really, I'll play wherever because I know the Miami coaches will help make me a great player."

Speaking of coaches, Campbell was initially recruited by depating secondary coach Mark Stoops. That will soon change.

"Coach Stoops actually called me yesterday," he said. "He told me that everything he ever said to me is still on the table. Nothing's changing. Miami's still the best program in the country but he had a chance to be a defensive coordinator with his brother. I respect him for it. He said he's gonna split but that another coach will handle the recruiting of me."

After talking to Stoops for awhile, Campbell then spoke to UM head coach Larry Coker.

"He basically told me everything's the same with me," he said. "They're excited about having me in for my visit. He said he's gonna come out here and see me (for an in-home visit) within the next couple weeks."

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