The transition from fan to prospect has been an interesting one for Monmouth Junction (N.J.) South Brunswick safety Phil Campbell. The son of two Rutgers graduates and a season-ticket holder, Campbell returned to campus Saturday for the first time since he received a verbal scholarship offer.
Campbell has strong ties to Rutgers, and sees the Scarlet Knights on top of his list, but remains focused on an unbiased approach to recruiting.
“I’m being recruited by a good amount of schools, and I do want to get out and see all of my options,” he said. “Rutgers is definitely a top option for me, obviously, but I want to make sure I make the right decision for me.”
“I want to make my decision before the season,” Campbell said. “Get it out of the way and enjoy my senior season.”
Rutgers defensive coordinator Joe Rossi, who visited South Brunswick for spring evaluation this week, and defensive backs coach Darrell Wilson made a strong impression on Campbell.
“The visit was great,” he said. “I felt comfortable speaking to all of the coaches and I enjoyed it a lot. The scrimmage was high intensity. The team was good. Coaching wise, all of the coaches were nice and down-to-earth. They made me feel important there.”
The safety position impressed during Saturday’s scrimmage for Campbell.
“I like what they do at strong safety,” Campbell said. “They cover the tight ends, and I do a lot of that in my high school. I saw some resemblances there. They were making a lot of big players. I feel like I would fit well in the defense that they run.”
Campbell said he will be level-headed in his recruitment, but the pressure is there when it comes to the Scarlet Knights.
“Yeah, I’m getting a lot of pressure, but it’s kind of crazy,” Campbell said. “I’ve been a Rutgers fan all of my life. I live right down the road from Rutgers. I attended most of the games last year as a fan, actually. It’s a great experience being a recruit now.”