Could Irish land Campbell?

Some things have changed at Notre Dame since three-star cornerback Roderick Campbell last visited. Campbell hopes to connect with a new area recruiter and defensive backs coach Todd Lyght this weekend during a return trip.

Roderick Campbell remembers enough about Notre Dame to have expectations for this weekend.

Last summer the three-star cornerback from St. Louis worked out for the coaching staff at the Irish Invasion, turning in a standout performance. He and both parents took the opportunity to tour campus and the football facilities as well.

“They put an emphasis on the education part,” Campbell said. “I know my family and me, it kind of blew me away because it’s not all about football. They actually care about their players and how they achieve in the classroom. That was a plus. Also, the campus and the facilities were nice. The coaches were down to Earth. It was just a really good feel. The players loved it.”

Notre Dame followed up with a scholarship offer last month. Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisville, Northwestern and Purdue have also offered.

Getting to South Bend this weekend for a return trip will be the first visit for Campbell since basketball season ended. He helped Chaminade Prep to a state semifinal appearance. He’ll be joined on the visit by both parents and his younger brother.

It will be a first chance for the 5-foot-11, 180-pound prospect to meet defensive backs coach Todd Lyght and defensive line coach Keith Gilmore, his area recruiter.

“I just want to meet the coaches and the new staff,” Campbell said. “I just want to get a feel and meet them in person. I’m pretty familiar with the campus because I was up there last summer. It’s more building relationships this weekend and going from there.”

Connecting with Lyght will be a key piece to the visit as potential position coach.

“I think it’s important to stay real,” Campbell said. “I don’t want you sugarcoating anything. Just tell me what I need to do and realistically what my chances of playing are and things like that. Also, be a mentor, kind of like a father figure and keep me on the right track. I think it’s important building that relationship no matter who is the coach.”

Campbell also hopes to visit Duke, Indiana and Northwestern this spring. Other programs showing interest include Kansas State, Missouri and Ohio State.

Making a verbal sooner than later is a possibility if visits go well.

“It’s getting to a point where I’m not in any rush but I definitely don’t want to be going back and forth,” Campbell said. “But there’s not a rush. Whenever it feels right, I’ll know and that’s when I’ll make my decision.” Top Stories