The search for quality offensive linemen has been an on-going theme for the Bulls recruiting, and now the search has led the staff all the way up to New Berlin (NY) where Derrick Campbell is playing at the Milford Academy prep School.
6-foot-4, 305-pound Campbell went to the Milford Academy after playing at Sumter County High School in York (AL). Campbell was a Class3A All-star following his senior year. While at Milford Campbell played all over the offensive line, but played primarily at the left tackle position.
"I played right tackle, right guard, left tackle, left guard, center and also long snapper," said Campbell. "I basically moved around but played left tackle the most."
Campbell is a versatile lineman that can play multiple positions and has the size and skills to excel at the next level.
"He's a 6'4-305 pound linemen that can play any position on the offensive line. He's got a great football sense, a good football mind, and is a great athlete," said Milford Head coach Bill Chaplick, who also coaches the o-line as well.
"I like to block people, I can move well, and I'm very coachable," said Campbell.
On the recruiting front Campbell has been speaking to several schools since last season, including Miami, Auburn, Syracuse, Temple and Western Kentucky. But right now a new school has entered the picture and he says that's who he's been speaking with the most lately.
"I've been talking the most with South Florida," said Derrick Campbell. "They started talking to me this past Saturday. That made me real happy."
Campbell had plenty of other interests early, and through most of his recruitment Miami was his main leader, but now the two Florida schools are who he has had the most contact with.
"Last year I had offers from Syracuse, Auburn, Miami, and Western Kentucky, but the schools that are really talking to me right now are Miami and South Florida," said Campbell. "I haven't spoken to Miami since January, but I've spoken to the coaches at USF several times."
Campbell said he's spoken with one of the new coaches at USF, he wasn't sure but Hargraves sounded right to him. He said they seemed real interested in him, and he's interested in them as well.
"They talked to me about how my grades were and when I'll finish," said Campbell. "Also what position I like to play, I told him I like to play on both sides of the ball, and how fast I am, I run a 4.9 40 yard dash."
The Bulls haven't offered Campbell yet, but that could change in the next few weeks.
"They told me they want to see me first before they offer me," said Campbell. "They've been talking about me visiting either this week or the week after."
Is South Florida a school the Milford Lineman could see himself playing at in the future?
"Yes sir, right now I could see myself playing there," said Campbell. "I was happy when they contacted me, and if they offer me I'm going to take it and sign."
Right now Campbell is trying to finish up at Milford. He has 3 classes that he needs to complete, and needs a qualifying GPA as well. If things go as hoped, then he could finish this semester, if not than this summer, and worse case would be to play another year at Milford.
"I've been praying that I can get cleared this semester. If I get cleared than I can sign with South Florida, and go down there and start school, and won't have to come back here."
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