Nevada star excited about Navy offer

Navy was the first to offer Las Vegas prospect Jaren Campbell, a 5-foot-11, 216-pound running back/linebacker out of Palo Verde High School. Assistant coach Steve Johns, who has Nevada roots after a previous coaching stint at UNLV, extended the offer to Campbell on Navy's behalf. GoMids.com caught up with Campbell to get his take on the new offer.

"It was about two weeks ago when the Navy coach called to the weight room," Campbell said. "Coach [Darwin] Rost said 'oh, you want to offer our best player?' and then I started talking with Coach Johns about it. He said 'I'd just like to tell you we have an offer waiting for you'. I told him 'thank you and I wanted to talk with my family about it'. Then he started telling me about the camps they were having this summer.

"Of course, I was very excited about the offer especially since it was my first one. I'm certainly going to keep it in mind because serving in the military is a great experience to have. Coach Johns really didn't specify a position. I know my coach told him he thought I'd make a good strong safety. He just said he saw my film and that I was looking good. College coaches were coming throughout the spring and I remember talking with Coach Johns [about Navy] with my teammates Darrion Finn, Jordan Bruner, and Graeson Vereen. I don't know a lot about Navy. I've seen them play on TV and know Jamir Tillman who played at Bishop Gorman."

Campbell was named his team's most valuable player on defense playing middle linebacker in 2013. He also rushed for 950 yards on 126 carries helping the Panthers to the Sunset Regional final. Campbell has attracted interest from Arizona and Colorado and is planning on attending a University of Nevada camp in Las Vegas on June 27th.

"I'd like to be in the right environment for the next four years that will allow me to accomplish my future goals," he said. "Location probably will play a factor in my decision unless I decide to go to Navy, then I'd go to the East Coast to Annapolis."

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