Tyler Campbell comes from West Lake high school in Austin, TX. Campbell is listed at 6-0, 189 pounds and recently ran a 4.53 at the Nike camp. Campbell rushed for 1,296 yards and 15 touchdowns last year as the main back in the Westlake offense.
The star running back doesn't have any early offers thus far. "No offers so far," said Campbell. "Missouri, Colorado and Texas A&M and Baylor have been to my school. Notre Dame, Texas, San Diego State LSU and A&M are sending letters. A&M and Missouri have called but I've also talked to the coaches at Notre Dame and San Diego State after they sent me hand-written letters."
Campbell spoke to coach Buzz Preston when he called. "I wanted to learn more about the University. They said they are still looking at me and they have been very pleased with my performance. They wanted me to come to camp and evaluate me more. I know I'm going to two camps this year and Notre Dame will be one of them. I am not sure on the other school right now. It will probably be LSU, San Diego State or Texas A&M."
Academics are also important to Campbell. "My core is a 3.5. I took the test but haven't received my score yet. I can only get A's and B's. My Mom won't accept anything else."
Being the son of a former star has been fun for Campbell. "I don't have any pressure at all from my family. I know what my father has accomplished but I have to be Tyler Campbell, I can't be Earl Campbell because there is only one Earl Campbell. I have a step or two on him but he had about 20-30 pounds on me coming out of high school."
Campbell has taken a few things from his Dad. "I run just like my him, the same long stride. I am more likely to run over you than try to make you miss or maybe give you a stiff arm. It doesn't bother me at all because I'm just trying to be myself and hopefully I can be as good as he was or even better."
His family might not pressure him but some of his opponents do. "You hear it early in the game. You might get hit and knocked backwards and they say 'you're not Earl Campbell's son, you aren't even close to being as good as he was,' it's kind of funny. It does motivate me and It makes me want to work harder."
Campbell knows what is important in life and to him when he makes a decision. "I am looking for the best balance between football and academics. In order to play football you have to take care of the academics and that is very important."
The Irish letter really impressed Campbell. "It's more than the tradition," said Campbell about his interest in Notre Dame. "They produce some good athletes but if you can walk out of there with a degree from Notre Dame, that says something. This whole thing has been new and exciting. When I got the letter from Notre Dame, I had never even thought I would be considered by them. I knew I had a successful year but I never thought that this would happen. You meet a lot of new people and I think you learn a lot about yourself because this is happening. It has been fun."
Campbell made it clear that he was going to take his time. His Dad and his brother are helping him through the process. He said distance wouldn't be a factor and there is no pressure to attend anywhere. "My father just wants me to be where I am most happy. He is not pushing me at all in any way. He knows how important this decision is to me and he understands that I have to live there."
Comments. Tyler reminds me of Jarret Payton--son of Walter Payton. Tyler has handled this about as well as anyone could've imagined. There is not one ounce of arrogance in him and he is one of the most pleasant kids I've spoke to this year. There is no question he is a Notre Dame kid. It will be interesting to see if the Irish will offer. The good news is he will attend camp. Hopefully he makes an impression because he will be a fan favorite no matter where he signs. He will be a fan favorite as Tyler Campbell and not the son of Earl.