Season Wrapup: Curtis Campbell

Once struggling with his transfer out of Chesapeake (Va.) Deep Run, UNC commitment Curtis Campbell has developed a sense of pride in his role of laying the foundation for Chesapeake (Va.) Grassfield's football program.

"I feel like I accomplished more here [than I would have at Deep Creek]," Campbell said. "[At Grassfield], I was able to set the tone here for the younger players and the football program."

Campbell, a 6-foot-2, 205-pounder, transferred to Grassfield following his sophomore year.

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During his junior season, Grassfield, in its first season of varsity play, went 0-10. This fall, though, the Grizzlies improved to 8-4 and earned a playoff berth.

"I would think that it would be an outstanding year by any measure," Grassfield head football coach Marty Asprey said. "We didn't accomplish all of our expectations, but we definitely accomplished some big ones."

When healthy, Campbell held a significant role on offense, defense, and special teams. He started at free safety in a 4-4 defense and shared the offensive backfield with fellow senior Tucker Spruill and junior Bruce Smith.

"We basically felt like we had three tailbacks that could get the job done," Asprey said.

In the season opener, all three tailbacks, including Campbell, received ample reps as each one rushed for over 70 yards.

In the second game, though, Campbell separated his shoulder. He would miss the next two games.

Campbell returned to action in time for Grassfield's bout with nationally ranked Chesapeake (Va.) Smith. However, he was limited, as well as timid. Smith, who will play for the VHSL AAA Title Game Saturday, went on to rout its cross-town rival, 37-0.

"You can just tell that he was real tender and ginger on his shoulder," Asprey said. "He fought through that."

In the following game, Campbell returned a first quarter kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. However, shortly thereafter, the injury bug bit again – or so they thought.

"He got hit and they thought he had a concussion," Asprey said. "So they did the precautions [and took him out of the game]. But he didn't eend up having a concussion."

Injury-free and confident, Campbell went on to put together the best five-game span of his prep career to end his senior season.

"Once he back off of his injury and felt more comfortable out there, things felt more comfortable for him," Asprey said. "He just started to recognize things and things came together for him."

Against Suffolk (Va.) King's Fork in the regular season finale, he rushed for 64 yards including a 19-yard touchdown on three carries. In Grassfield's first round playoff loss, Campbell intercepted two passes and collected ten tackles.

Campbell, who ended the season with over 60 tackles, was named to the All-Southeastern District Second Team at safety. He also rushed for 300-plus yards.

With the football season over, Campbell is participating in winter track where he is running the 300- and 400-meter. In the spring, he will run 200- and 400-meter. His best times are 21.4 seconds in the 200 and 47.2 seconds in the 400.

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Recently, Kenny Browning, who is handling Campbell's recruitment for UNC, stopped by Grassfield.

"He just wanted to see how he was doing his senior year – making sure his transcripts and his grades were all right," Asprey said.

Campbell says he remains in weekly contact with Browning.

"We just talk about how each of our teams are doing," Campbell said. "We're trying to set up an official [visit] probably in December or early January."

Although he could play several positions in college, Campbell says the UNC coaching staff continues to project him as a safety.

"He needs to get in the weight room, but he has a future wherever you want him," Asprey said.

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