Big William Campbell existed in the shadow of former four-star standout Joseph Barksdale at Detroit Cass Tech last year, but those that watched Technicians closely knew that the young 6-6 320-pounder was every bit the prospect that his older teammate was. A few schools began keeping a watchful eye on him, but none had a more persistent glare than that of the University of Michigan. Meanwhile, Campbell was keeping tabs on the programs that were showing him interest. Though pleased with the attention he received from every school courting him… he was most concerned with the amount of interest that came from Ann Arbor.
“He already had a lot of other schools wanting to offer him,” said Cass Tech headman and former Michigan Wolverine Thomas Wilcher. “Cincinnati wanted to offer him, Notre Dame wanted to offer… Wisconsin and LSU did too… but Michigan is the school he wanted to go to. All he would say every week is, ‘Coach, I want to go Michigan. If they offer me, I’m going to commit. That’s all he would say.”
Campbell got the chance to tender his pledge after a strong showing at Michigan’s summer camp earlier today convinced the Wolverine staff that he was a youngster worthy of receiving an early scholarship offer.
“The camp went good,” Campbell said moments ago as he was driving home. “They told me (afterward) that they really liked how I was doing. I didn’t notice at the time because I was focused. They talked to me on the field and then they took me up to the office right before I left and I committed. Coach Carr was happy. It was just on my mind for a long time and my mother and my father and my sister were behind me, so I went ahead and committed.”
According to Wilcher, the Wolverines have added not only a versatile player, but one that will be an imposing presence wherever they put him on the field as well.
“They recruited him to play defensive line,” Wilcher said. “We’re going to work him hard to get him ready. If they have to move him to offensive line, he can play offensive line. He just wants play.”
“Michigan is getting a great player,” he continued. “Will is aggressive, he is intimidating, and he can punish you.”
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Campbell in the coming hours and days.