Tennessee continues to be the program Jarek Campbell hears from the most.
“They show a lot of interest in me, they talk to me a lot,” Campbell told InsideTennessee.
The Riverdale (Tenn.) High School athlete has reciprocated, taking several visits to Tennessee’s campus. Another trip to Rocky Top is expected this fall for one of the Big Orange home games at Neyland Stadium.
“I’m going to come to a game, but I don’t know which game yet,” Campbell said.
Butch Jones and his staff have expressed interest for years in former Oakland (Tenn.) High School lineman D’Andre Litaker, who transferred to Riverdale prior to his junior season. Campbell and Litaker look forward to being in the same huddle for an entire season this fall.
“He’s my brother,” Campbell said of Litaker. “We’ve never played on the same team — well he played one game for like 10 plays and he tore his ACL.
“We’re real close. We’ve called each other brothers since, like, fourth grade when we started playing basketball together.”
The mid-state standouts would prefer to enroll at the same college but understand that may not be in the cards.
“Hopefully but right now he has more schools looking at him. We might not be able to go to the same school. We’ll just have to see,” Campbell said.
Louisville and Kentucky have not yet cranked up their recruitment of the Murfreesboro native but both offered a scholarship. Another in-state program — Memphis — has both placed an offer out there and stays in contact. Cincinnati is the latest school to offer, pulling the trigger May 1. The school that may be on the brink of offering is South Carolina.
Campbell ranks by Scout as the No. 121 wide receiver in the 2018 class and as a three-star prospect. A broken toe on his right foot sidelined him for a majority of Summer 2016, preventing him from taking part in camps, combines and 7-on-7 tournaments.
In 2016, the two-way athlete logged more time on offense than defense as a junior. While he will still get his targets to help put points on the board for the Warriors, he expects to double as a starting safety, which playing in the secondary won’t be entirely new.
“When we needed a nickel package, I went in as nickel, but I mostly played receiver,” the 6-foot, 194-pounder said.
Riverdale plays Father Ryan on July 28.