Defensive Tackle 6-4.5/310/5.0
Detroit Cass Tech HS (Detroit, Michigan)
NR: ***** - Position Rank: 6
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His Recruiting Story
"Big" Will was one of Michigan's wilder recruiting stories. As a soon to be junior, Will committed to former coach Lloyd Carr at one of Michigan's summer camps as soon as he was extended an offer. That commitment held firm until his senior season, when he decommitted from the Wolverines in order to fulfill his wish of taking visits.
His mother was a large portion of Will's decision, and after she encouraged him to take visits, he re-opened his recruitment and took part in official visits.
"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."
After a whirlwind courtship from the likes of Michigan, Alabama, Florida, LSU, and Miami, Will headed down to the Army All American game where he shocked the entire recruiting world by publicly dropping Michigan. Slowly but surely, evidence came to GoBlueWolverine that the Wolverines were certainly not out of the race. And during the game, when it came time to pick a hat, it was a blue hat with a maize "M" emblazoned on it.
"I am from Michigan, that is where I always wanted to go, so I choose my home team."
If his play on the field can get Michigan's fans heart pumping as fast as it did through his recruitment, then Will will certainly live up to his five star rating.
As an early enrollee, Campbell has the ability to play either offensive tackle or defensive tackle, but it should be stressed his future is on the defensive line. With an already paper thin depth chart at the position due to the departures of Terrance Taylor and Will Johnson, Campbell will assuredly team up with sophomore-to-be Mike Martin to anchor the defensive line for years to come.
Earning Will's commitment in the long run was tremendously beneficial to the Wolverines, as fellow defensive tackles Pearlie Graves and DeQuinta Jones chose to sign with other universities on National Signing Day.
Signing Day Capsule: William Campbell
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