Campbell Holds ND Offer

It was easy to see why William Campbell will be one of the most sought after, if not thee most sought after defensive tackle in the country, in the recruiting class of 2009. The Cass Tech (Detroit, Mich.) standout was perhaps the best player at the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio, Texas, last week, turning in a "dominant" performance during one-on-ones.

The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Campbell has around a dozen scholarship offers already, including one from Corwin Brown and Notre Dame.

"He was like, how would you like going to Notre Dame," William Campbell said, adding the offer came back in September. "I said, that it's a good school, a lot of religion, and I want to keep myself open."

That was then.

Campbell isn't really open right now, sticking to the verbal commitment he gave to Michigan at their summer camp on "June 20th." But with former Wolverines head coach Lloyd Carr retiring, the top-100 player could reopen his recruitment.

"I just want to talk to the Michigan coaches before I do anything," he said.

Campbell figures he'll talk to new Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez when he comes by the school soon to see 2008 verbal commit Boubacar Cissoko.

The first scholarship offer came from LSU when Campbell was a sophomore. Then senior teammate Joseph Barksdale was one of the Tigers most coveted recruits that year, and they loved a young Campbell enough to extend a full ride well over a year ago. Michigan followed suit soon after.

Since then, Campbell said that Miami, Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Ohio State, Indiana, Illinois, and Florida have also all offered. A couple more programs he couldn't remembere have stepped to the table as well.

"Coach Brown didn't offer Will until Michigan had offered," Cass Tech head coach Thomas Wilcher said. "He came on after Michigan offered. He was like, Will, I have to offer him."

Campbell, who is also a standout offensive tackle, had 51 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 12 sacks this fall. He bench presses 345 pounds, and is a space eater on the basketball team, averaging around eight points per game.

"I would have to say his quickness," Wilcher began. "He has a quick first three steps, and he is strong also. He has good hands too.

"(Brown) likes Will's size and quickness," he continued. Like Brown, Wilcher also played college football at Michigan. "He saw that Will is very aggressive also. But the most important thing, coach Brown knows talent and he can pick out the great guys. The first time I showed him my cornerback (Cissoko), he was like oh (shoot), who is that kid? Coach Brown is a very exceptional coach."

Campbell went and saw Notre Dame's campus last year, going with Cortez Smith, a Indiana verbal commit, and a few other teammates for one of the Irish's junior days.

"It was nice, real big, a lot of religion," the quiet Campbell said. He also noted that he has been on the campus of every school up north that has offered him.

If Campbell does choose to reopen his recruitment, Notre Dame would be under consideration because it's a Catholic school.

"My father is Catholic and a big religious guy."

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