Scouting Report: LB/FB Jordan Campbell

Take one look at Jordan Campbell and you can't help but notice the striking resemblance to former Trojan All-American safety Troy Polamalu.

Jordan Campbell
5'11, 226 lbs.
Norco HS, Norco CA.

TYPE OF PLAYER: Take one look at Jordan Campbell and you can't help but notice the striking resemblance to former Trojan All-American safety Troy Polamalu. And while Campbell does not play the safety spot, the four star linebacker does play with the same passion and intensity as the aforementioned Polamalu. Campbell became the tenth commitment for the class of 2007 on October 19th, joining an already impressive list of talent.

WHAT WE LIKE: Like I've said before, what is not to like about this kid? Campbell seemed to be everywhere over the summer, taking to the summer camp circuit with a chip on his shoulder and a goal in mind. That goal, you ask? To prove to colleges coast-to-coast that he was one of the top prospects in the talent-rich state of California.

While Campbell may not possess the greatest track time, he has a non-stop motor and an urgency to make every play. It is evident while watching film on Campbell that he does not give up, playing through until the whistle is blown. And while many use the 40 yard dash as a barometer for future success, Campbell plays with one intangible that can not be measured, heart. Campbell is a "football player," period.

Campbell is very good against the run, and is seemingly always in the right place at the right time. Not only is he solid at stuffing the run, but he may be an even better player while blitzing.

Not only is Campbell a standout on defense, but the Trojan coaching staff seemed to have enough faith in his offensive abilities to offer him a full-ride scholarship at the fullback spot. Each and every Trojan fan has witnessed first-hand the importance of the fullback spot this year, and Campbell will add some much needed depth to a spot plagued with injuries.

WHAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON: One aspect of Campbell's game that he admittedly needs to work on is his pass coverage. It is not that Campbell is weak in this department; it is just an area that he can and will improve upon. Campbell is used to facing predominantly running teams, so gaining valuable experience in coverage may be hard to come by.

Many people make the argument that Campbell's size may hurt him in the long run. Sure, Campbell may not be 6'3 250 lbs, but neither were Matt Grootegoed or Lofa Tatupu. And the last time I checked, they had some pretty productive careers at SC.

Campbell's first reps at SC will start on the offensive side of the ball at fullback. Campbell has the ideal size and attitude for a D1 fullback, so don't be surprised if he is competing for that starting spot from the get go. Since Campbell has seen very limited reps at fullback throughout high school, it is very difficult to judge what he may need to work on for that spot.

REMINDS US OF: Campbell is a very unique player in his own right, and combines traits from many players before him. Campbell reminds me of Matt Grootegoed a lot in the sense that they are always in the thick of things. Campbell and Grootegoed may not have the greatest size, but they know how to play the game.

DID YOU KNOW: Sammy Knight, former defensive back and NFL standout, is Campbell's uncle. So it should come as no surprise why Campbell has dreamt of a USC football career since his early youth.

JORDAN SAYS: "Coach Carroll and everybody sounded really excited about me going to SC and they think I have a really good chance to play as a true freshman. Coach Carroll said it's a great thing for SC to have a good fullback. If I don't play at fullback, they'll put me on defense and see if I can earn a spot there. He also said he wants me on the field for special teams."


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