Recruiting Update: TJ Campbell

Evaluation of Sunnyslope WR/DB

Last season as the number two option in the potent Sunnyslope offense T.J. Campbell established himself as one of the most versatile players in the state.  This season Campbell is the focus of Sunnyslope's offense which highlights his abilities as a runner and receiver. Campbell has not disappointed.  Even with teams focusing on stopping him, Campbell has put up big numbers.  Recently against the #2 team in 4AI Campbell had nine grabs for over 220 yards and two TDs.  To go along with his offensive prowess Campbell is a dangerous return man and solid cornerback.


When watching Campbell many things stand out.  First, Campbell shows impressive quickness to go along with strong change of pace. When running or returning, Campbell's burst gets him to full speed quickly and gives the potential for a big play on each touch.  Second, Campbell uses his hands well. He makes all of his catches as a receiver and returner with his hands, keeping the ball away from his body. Along with his hands, Campbell is willing and able to get the  ball in traffic.  Third, and most impressive is Campbell's willingness to play physically.  Although only 5'9 and 180 pounds, Campbell does a nice job blocking in the run game and is able to stalk block downfield.  When running the ball, Campbell always finishes runs and is willing to get the extra yard.


Currently Campbell is the top ranked wide receiver in 4A division II.  In the Vikings' spread offense Campbell was put up All–State type numbers even as he works with young QBs Sean Maraz and Beau Grado.  If Campbell was over 6'0 foot tall and in the  200 pound range, he would be a highly sought after recruit. To overcome this lack of stature Campbell offers prospective recruiters tremendous flexibility.  Campbell is a triple threat player who runs, receives and returns well.  Even with all of his offensive skills, at the next level, Campbell may be best suited to play cornerback where he can combine his quickness and physical play to his best advantage.



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