“It was surreal,” Campbell said. “All the hard work that I’ve put in over the years it finally paid off and I was just blessed to be in that position. I was just so excited and when I signed I was immediately ready to get to work.”
The 6-foot, 180-pounder was back in the gym right away working to get better, the mark of a four-year starter, three-time team captain and three-time All-Conference honoree.
Campbell recorded 63 tackles, 14 pass breakups, four interceptions and scored two touchdowns as a senior in leading Chaminade to a 12-2 record and appearance in the Missouri Class 5 title game.
He committed to Northwestern after garnering scholarship offers and interest from a variety of schools around the Midwest.
“Northwestern, it was the right fit because the moment I went up there I instantly felt that family,” Campbell said. “A lot of schools emphasize education, but Northwestern, they really take care of you, even beyond football. That’s just something that really hit home for me and having that extended family going away from home. When I went up there, it felt like the right place for me.”
Campbell’s Chaminade squad included a few prospects to keep an eye on for the future, headlined by a sophomore defensive line prospect named Trevor Trout who has already received scholarship offers from Missouri and Iowa.
A 6-2, 285-pounder, Trout had 66 tackles and three sacks during his sophomore season.
“One of our most known is Trevor Trout,” Campbell said. “He’s a sophomore right now, plays D-line. He has some offers right now. A lot of people should be on the lookout for Andre Whitley. He’s our strong safety. He’s about to be a senior. Damon Bonds, running back. Darius Daies, running back. We have another sophomore running back. His name is Jakobi Buchanon, he’s a bigger back, kind of more like a fullback. He should be getting some good looks as well.”
Whitley, Bonds and Daies are all Class of 2017 prospects. Trout and Buchanon are Class of 2018 prospects.
Chaminade used a run-heavy attack and had several running backs contribute to the Red Devils’ success.
Daies was the leading rusher with 874 yards on 139 carries, an average of 6.3 per carry, and 10 touchdowns. Bonds had 818 yards rushing and eight touchdowns. Buchanon had 537 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns.
Whitley added 414 yards and eight TDs. Defensively, he had 94 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions.
The future is bright at Chaminade thanks to a wealth of talent and players like Campbell helping to turn around the program in recent seasons.
“My freshman year we went 4-6 and by my senior year we weren’t expecting to be in the state championship. We went all the way, 12-2. It’s just a stepping stone for the younger guys to build on.”