Signee Update: Curtis Campbell

North Carolina signee Curtis Campbell will run in the Southeastern District track meet Thursday, his last meet until the state championship in two weeks.

"After districts, I'm going to skip past regionals because I have [already qualified] in the 400 and the 200 meters," Campbell said. "So I'm going to skip regionals and rest up next week."

Campbell, a 6-foot-2, 213-pound athlete, qualified for both the 400- and 200-meter dashes through his times during the regular track season. He will also be a part of Chesapeake (Va.) Grassfield's 4x100 relay team.

During the Southeastern District meet, Campbell will run the 400- and 200-meter dashes.

Campbell's personal best is 48.13 seconds in the 400-meter dash and 21.7 seconds in the 200-meter dash.

The 400-meter dash is Campbell's best track event. As a junior, he was named an All-American 400-meter sprinter. Also, he was selected to the All-State Team following his sophomore and junior seasons for the 400-meter dash.

During the winter season, Campbell ran indoor track, participating in the 300-meter dash and 4x200 relay. His personal best time in the 300 was 35.6 seconds.

Campbell says he speaks to someone from UNC at least once a week. He mostly communicates with Ken Browning, Campbell's primary recruiter, and Everett Withers, UNC's defensive coordinator, but has had a couple conversations with Troy Douglas, UNC's defensive backs coach.

"I talk to Coach Browning mostly about what's been going on with track and update him on how I'm doing," Campbell said. "Coach Withers and I have just been talking about defense and me playing safety and how I round out.

"They started contacting me more after [fellow signee Angelo Hadey was released from his Letter of Intent]. Basically they were making sure I was on track."

Campbell will arrive on campus as a safety. However, the coaches recognize the likelihood of a position change.

"It's just really how my body reacts to their [strength and conditioning] program," Campbell said. "They see that I'm 210-215 [pounds] right now… And they said they could slap weight on me if they wanted to – and I believe it. I can put on 10 or 15 pounds with no problem…

"But if it gets to the point where I'm big then they might move me down to outside linebacker."

Campbell, who has played several positions throughout his high school career, doesn't care where he plays.

"I'm just trying to get on the field any way [I can]," Campbell said. "If I've got to play outside linebacker, that's no problem – I'll slap 15 pounds on and get down there in the box."

Campbell plans to arrive on campus at 220 pounds.

Regardless of what position group he practices with, the coaching staff only expects Campbell to contribute as a special teamer this fall. In particular, the punt team and kickoff units have been discussed.

"I love to run down the field and just hit someone," Campbell said.

In their most recent conversation, Campbell asked Withers whom he will room with and what jersey number he'll wear this fall. Withers is expected to get back to him on both topics.

"I know my high school numbers, 21 and 17, are taken," Campbell said. "Really, I just want them to give me a jersey, so I can get on the field and I'll wear it."

Campbell says he's already academically qualified and will arrive on campus in mid-June.

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