Campbell talks commitment, Southfield

Cass Tech quarterback and MSU commit not looking past Friday's opener against Southfield. He also named reasons for his decision to commit to the Spartans.

While Cass Tech was long viewed as a pipeline to Michigan, Michigan State has found more success at the powerhouse program recently.

Michigan State has received a commitment from Cass Tech in three consecutive classes now – and all within the past year The latest is junior quarterback Jayru Campbell, who committed a couple of weeks on a visit to East Lansing.

"I always liked Michigan State even before they offered me," he said. "When they offered me, they showed a lot of interest and the coaching staff showed me a lot of love.

"I used to always think they were just like every other coaching staff and they were doing that just to get you to their school, but when I talked to the players and Michigan State alumni, they always gave me good feedback, especially on the coaches. I liked that a lot. Then going up there to visit, they never showed me nothing that I didn't like."

On one visit to East Lansing, fellow Detroit native and former Spartan Will Gholston showed Campbell and his teammates around MSU. Campbell said seeing a player like Gholston who he can relate to being there was something he liked about MSU.

"That's one reason why I liked Michigan State," he said. "There's a lot of players up there just like me and just like a couple of my teammates, so I like them a lot."

Having a couple teammates in freshman Dennis Finley and 2014 commit Deon Drake didn't hurt, either.

"It helped it a little bit, but once again it was all on the coaching staff and just the environment at Michigan State," Campbell said.

Campbell also said it was cool to see Curtis Blackwell, whom he worked with at MaxEx, working at Michigan State now. He also said that Blackwell's hire didn't really speed up his decision.

"I guess you could say he upgraded, it's sweet," Campbell said. "It didn't help speed it up because I liked Michigan State before I even knew anything about him getting a job. It didn't really help a lot, but it had a little something to do with it."

As Campbell and the Technicians open the season against Southfield, which features a pair of standout defensive ends in Malik McDowell and Lawrence Marshall, he said he is feeling really good.

"I believe in my offensive tackles," he said. "It's a good way to see how our new offensive line will hold up."

As for goals for this season, he said his mind isn't past the first game.

"Right now, I'm trying to win the first game and get Southfield out the way."

Jayru Campbell taking a rep at wide receiver against OSU commit Damon Webb

A couple reps from Monday's practice.

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