Another of the members of the Ohio State 2014 recruiting class has faxed his letter of intent to the Buckeye coaching staff. Parris Campbell is officially a Buckeye.
SCHOOL: Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary
SIZE: 6-foot-1, 180-pounds
STAR RANKING: 6-foot-1, 180-pounds
POSITION RANKING: Number-14 runningback
Usually, prospects make their mark in a camp or combine setting, wowing onlookers with sparkling measurables. The next step is trying to figure out if said prospect can actually play football. With Campbell, the process worked in reverse. There was no doubting his football speed in the four times I saw Campbell last season, but I really wanted to see him in a combine setting to be totally sold. In Massillon recently, Campbell ran an electronic forty-yard dash time of 4.42 and for me it was game over. Added to his value is the fact that has grown an inch and put on 10 pounds of muscle in the past three months, and Campbell could be Ohio's top overall prospect.
WHY Ohio State: He told BuckeyeSports.com what it was like when that offer came from head coach Urban Meyer.
"We just got to talking and he was like, ‘Parris, we're going to offer you,' " Campbell said. "He asked me, ‘Do you have an idea where you want to go?' I was like, ‘Yeah, I want to go here.' Then he goes, ‘Oh, really?' I said yeah, then I committed."
"It's been a dream ever since I was younger, so it was kind of like a big dream come true. My grandmother, my mother, Coach Meyer and Coach Vrabel were in the room with me, and when I committed, everyone was just very happy. We all clapped. I got up, hugged my family and hugged Coach Meyer."