Jordan Campbell update and new video

Although he verbally committed to USC on Oct. 18, 2006, Jordan Campbell took an official visit to Oregon Jan. 12-14.

"It was real cool, real nice," Campbell said. "Everything they have is the best. The best jerseys, the best equipment and the best facilities. It was a real nice place."

Mark Collier, Jordan's uncle, told us that Oregon was very tempting, but in the end, not the best place for his nephew.

The activities on official visits vary from school to school, but the Oregon staff organized a creative way for the recruits to bond and enjoy themselves.

"We went paint ballin', that was real fun," Campbell said.\

Campbell's hard work, dedication and outstanding play in 2007 earned him first-team, all-state honors and an invite to a January 4 all-star game in Ft. Lauderdale. He discussed what the experience was like while he was in Florida.

"It was great," Campbell said. "There were a lot of guys committed from other schools. There were guys from LSU, Florida State, Florida and Texas. It was cool getting to meet a lot of kids from different places, great athletes and playing against some of the best football players in the nation. It's fun playing against great players--all the time.

"I was hanging out with Da'John Harris, Anthony Gildon and players like that. We hung out at the computer checking out the sites. A lot of guys had never seen any of that stuff. They hadn't seen they're interviews. So, that was cool."

Campbell was asked if he knew Harris would commit to USC at half-time of the all-star game.

"He wasn't sure, but I got in his ear the whole trip and pretty much recruited him," Campbell said. "If there was any doubt in his mind, I pretty much let him know where we're going to be the next four years. I had four days to work on him and he committed. He's my boy and I've been talking to him throughout the recruiting process."

With his prep football career over, what's next for Jordan Campbell?

"I plan on training and come in running a 4.5, and think I can do it," Campbell said. "I have six months to get myself ready."

While at Norco, Campbell and his teammates won two championships and finished second once. He was moved from linebacker to fullback for his sophomore season, but moved back to linebacker for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. His statistics were solid as a junior, but Campbell was a dominating force on defense in 2006.

"At the end of the season I ended up with 168 tackles," Campbell said. "62 were for a loss in the backfield. My stats were there and I've gotten every accolade, so far. I'm thankful for everything I received this year. There were a lot of doubters and I just had to raise up at every camp, combine and in the games I played last year. I had almost 300 tackles the last two seasons, so that was pretty cool."

There's been talk about USC being ranked No. 1 heading into the 2007 season. Campbell touches on what that means to him.

"It's going to be great," Campbell said. "I finish up my high school career ranked No. 1 and then I head to SC to play for a team that could ranked No. 1 in the nation."

After being the big man on campus the past year, Campbell will have adjust when he arrives at SC, but he's ready and had this to say about what to expect from him as a freshmen at USC.

"I'll be on the field somewhere," Campbell said. "It doesn't matter if it's fullback, linebacker or special teams. You'll see me out there."

Campbell was a relatively unknown prospect when the recruiting process began. Scholarship offers slowly made their way to his families mail box, but that all changed as he tore up camps and combines--and had an all-American type senior season.

"The recruiting process was crazy," Campbell said. "Starting off 2006, I never thought it would be like this. I'd like to thank everyone posting on the message boards for putting my name out there."

Yes, the recruiting process does get crazy, but there also aspects to it that recruits and their families enjoy. Campbell was asked what it was like logging onto the internet and reading about himself on football message boards.

"Ah, that's awesome," Campbell said. "I know there have been a lot of people supporting me and it's always cool to see that, and hear about it. I never thought I'd log onto a computer and see that. It's cool to go to and see my picture and people talking about me. That's any kids dream. Any high school football player would love to be doing what I'm doing right now. And I appreciate it and I thank God every day for it."

We have new video from Campbell's 2007 season. Click on the links to view.

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