When that Detroit Cass Tech star William Campbell committed to Michigan two summers ago, it was due in large part to the blend of academics and athletics in Ann Arbor. That, however, wasn't all. He was also very conscious how close he'd be to home…and specifically his mother. That factor decreased in significance recently when his mother made it clear to him that she didn't want him to feel confined by proximity. With that, Campbell, who had always mentioned his plans to take visits, took the more formal step of de-committing.
"After she told me that, that's why I said there ain't no barrier with the distance," he explained. "You've got to leave sometimes, so it won't be that much of a factor. I'm taking trips just to see what's out there and to see what's going to be the best choice for me."
Less than 24 hours after he made that decision public, Campbell made his way back to Ann Arbor another unofficial visit. After Saturday's 16-6 victory over Miami, Rich Rodriguez carved out some time for one his most coveted recruits.
"It was me, Rodriguez, and my daddy," Campbell recalled. "He just said be careful with your decision and that they're always going to want me. He said that he'll always be there and he would still love to see me there. He said whatever I do he wishes me luck as long as I make the best decision for me."
When Campbell sits down to make his final choice it will be based on a firm set of criteria.
"First I'm going to look for what they've got in the education," he said. "Then I'll see what kind of football team they've got and who can get me to the next level."
The Maize & Blue stacks up well in each area, which is why Campbell's primary objective will be seeing which of his other suitors can knock the Wolverines out of the box.
"Michigan is definitely in the top five, but everybody basically has the same opportunity right now," he said. "Most likely I'm going to take all five visits."
All five campus destinations haven't been determined yet, but because of his plan to graduate early and enroll in January, he knows he doesn't have much time to figure them out.
"It probably will be soon," Campbell said regarding when he expects to set his itinerary. "Probably sometime this week. Right now it's three… Michigan, Miami, and LSU."
For now, it appears Campbell's next college visit will be another unofficial to Michigan.
"I'll be there for the Wisconsin," he said.
Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for more from Campbell in the coming days.