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Norco (Calif.) linebacker/fullback Jordan Campbell (5-11, 225, 4.7) orally committed to USC on October 17.

Jordan Campbell Profile

"I'm still 100% committed to USC but I might still visit Fresno State on December 14 and I might still go to Oregon sometime in January," Campbell said. "Oregon talked with me after I committed to USC and told me to keep my mind open because they still need a strong linebacker. They still want me to take a trip up there (possibly January 12) and Washington and Washington State also want me to visit them. I don't know what I'll do. I probably won't take the trips but there's a part of me that says, 'Why not?' It'll also depend on what my parents want me to do.

"I'm supposed to visit (officially) USC on either November 24 for the Notre Dame game or December 15, which would overlap with my trip to Fresno State that is set for December 14," he said. "The November date at SC is for all the out-of-state guys. The USC coaches would like me to visit in December instead because that's when all the California guys are going. But they said they're fine with me taking the visit at either time. I'm not sure which date I'm going to go. I'll need to talk to some guys who will be going and see.

"I think I'll end up playing strong safety at SC, like Troy Polamalu. But if I want to play there as a freshman, then I'll be at fullback for a year. Coming in, they don't have anyone there except Allen Bradford. Coach (Pete) Carroll says I can start as a freshman at USC at fullback, but coaches (Nick) Holt (defensive coordinator), (David) Watson (defensive line) and (Ken) Norton (linebackers) want me for defense.

"I'm playing weakside linebacker right now and if I play linebacker at USC, I'll play at weakside because my speed is better for that," Campbell said. "I'm faster than ever right now though because I'm in better shape. I'd be running a 4.6 forty now if I was timed. My last twenty yards would be faster than what I was running over the summer. Before, I was faster in my first twenty.

"I'm better at playing weakside because I get to hit all the run-through lanes as an outside linebacker. There's always one on the outside A-gap. And when I'm playing on the field, I'm more like a 4.5 forty guy because I watch so much film and I'm already moving fast when people are just getting out of their stance.

"But at SC I think you'll see me at strong safety because I also have real good hands and at linebacker, I can't use my hands as much. And I've seen that at SC, you get the ball as a fullback, especially receiving passes, so I'm not against playing there anymore. If I don't start at fullback, the coaches will find a spot for me on defense because I have so much energy and such a good motor."

Partial senior (7-0) stats: 101 tackles (56 solo)/28 TFL/six fumbles caused/1 fumble recovered/5 QB hurries; 2 TDs in 2 carries as a fullback.

Campbell reports a 2.8 core GPA. October test score unreported.

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