The man-in-the-middle for Bakersfield

Last season, Bakersfield LB Grant Campbell (6-1, 235) was one of the top tacklers in the entire nation and he's been hard at work this offseason perfecting his craft. He spoke to recently about his offseason as well as which four-year programs have been in contact with him...

"Things have been going well for me," Campbell told "I've been hearing a lot from Baylor, Oklahoma and Arizona and they are recruiting me pretty hard right now, but I don't have any offers yet, so I'm just waiting and being patient."

As a freshman in 2012, Campbell had an outstanding season for the Renegades, leading his team with 104 tackles while also posting 1.5 sacks, nine tackles-for-loss and a forced fumble while helping lead his team to an 11-2 record and a win over City College of San Francisco in the State Championship game.

"We had a great run," Campbell said. "We came together as a team and we beat some really good teams and it's something we are really proud of and we've been working hard to get ready to repeat this year."

Campbell has ideal size and he's very physical at the point of attack, but he's also a very good athlete, able to run from sideline-to-sideline to make plays, using his 4.6 speed.

"I think my motor and my speed are my main assets," Campbell said. "A lot of middle linebackers can't run like I do, so that allows me to make some plays that maybe others couldn't."

Even with all of those great attributes, Campbell isn't resting on his laurels as he's been hard at work refining his craft.

"I've been working a lot on my flexibility and the ability to change directions better," Campbell said. "I've also tried to become more cerebral with things. I've always been a guy who studies film, but I'm doing even more of that now, just trying to recognize things quicker and making sure I understand what the offense is trying to do against our defense."

Campbell was a full-qualifier out of Garces (Bakersfield, Ca.) High School, but he didn't receive a lot of recruiting attention, so he decided to enroll at Cal State Bakersfield to play baseball.

"It just didn't work out for me playing baseball," Campbell said. "I just wasn't enjoying myself and I wasn't getting any playing time, so I left and came back home and just decided that Bakersfield was the right program to be part of. "They have a great program here and they get guys ready to move on to the next level and that's really all you can ask for when it comes to a JC program."

Since he was a full-qualifier, Campbell can leave at any time, but he plans to leave after this coming season and he will have three years to play two following the 2013 season.

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