When William Campbell traveled down to San Antonio for the Army All-American Combine last month, the youngster had something to prove. By the time he left Lone Star State, there was no doubt about his standing amongst the best prospects in the class of 2009.
"Campbell showed a quick burst off the ball that many had not seen before and surprisingly showed a few moves,” reported GoBlueWolverine correspondent Eugene Hankerson. “ ‘Big Will’ as friends call him won half, if not three of the four, battles versus Marcus Hall. Expect more schools to contact him despite the early verbal."
Hankerson wasn’t the only one to praise Campbell’s showing. The 6-5 320-pounder was officially recognized as one of the event’s top performers.
“I made the (All-combine) team,” said Campbell. “I talked to the director of the game and he said I might be back next year to play in the game.”
That type of showing on the national stage was bound to turn the heads of college coaches across the country. In recent weeks the Cass Tech star has noticed just that. The inquiries from new suitors are growing by the day. At the same time, he has also noticed the new Michigan staff’s efforts to make sure he knows he is a top priority.
“I talked to Coach Rodriguez and Coach Shafer,” said Campbell. “I’m getting a good vibe from them. Boubacar was telling me that they were going to run a 3-3-5, but I don’t think they are going to run that because the Big Ten is not a passing conference. I was told that it’s going to be up to me whether I play the outside or the inside.”
Much was made of Campbell’s recent visit to Michigan State for the annual grudge match with the Wolverines late last month. He traveled to Ann Arbor for a basketball game later that same week, but his presence in East Lansing made both Maize & Blue and Green & White fans question whether he was suddenly looking at the Spartans also. So is he?
“Yeah, but not like that,” he said. “I’m still committed to Michigan, but I’m going to go on some visits. Miami, USC, Georgia… I’m going to visit Michigan of course. I don’t know who else. I don’t think I’m going during the season. I think I’m going after the season.”
The next question is, when might he be ready to announce his final decision?
“Announce what?” Campbell asked. “I’m going to Michigan.
I just want to travel.”