Rutgers commitments are old hat for South Brunswick head coach Joe Goerge, but each time is as exciting as the last. He saw his second rising senior commit to Rutgers Friday in safety Phil Campbell, where he joins other former Goerge player like Anthony Cioffi, T.J. Taylor and Mohamed Jabbie.
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Campbell, a three-star safety, fits the same mold.
“I see all of the same things in Phil,” Goerge said in comparison to other Rutgers players. “He’s got good character. He’s a hard worker. He’s very committed to what he does. He has a great attitude. He’s a team kid first. He’s a Rutgers guy, a Flood kind of guy there on top of him being a very talented player.
“He’s a great worker and an instinct guy offensively and defensively. We’ve been blessed and fortunate the last couple of years to have some really talented players. More importantly, they’re good kids, good young men. I couldn’t be happier.”
Campbell committed to Rutgers as a safety, where he registered 105 tackles, 17 TFLs and two sacks as a junior with the Vikings.
“Phil is what you call a come-down safety,” Goerge said. “Phil can drop down into the box. He’s a ferocious hitter. He is like an added linebacker. He’s 200 pounds. Talk about pressing the hip and closing on the ball, nobody does it better than Phil.”
The focus at Rutgers comes to defense, but Campbell is an equally talented offensive weapon. He split carries in 2014 with Syracuse commit Dontae Strickland for 734 yards and 10 touchdowns at running back.
“There’s no question he will,” Goerge said when asked if Campbell takes over Strickland’s role. “It wasn’t like Phil didn’t get the ball last year. He’ll get the ball even more this year. He’s just as good as a defensive player, and I know that’s where he’s leaning. But he certainly could play on either side of the ball.”