January 1, 2007
Campbell does it all
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - He may be listed as a linebacker, but four-star Jordan Campbell does a little bit of everything.
Campbell battled weather to finally get to the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl practices and took the field for the first time on Monday morning. The 5-foot-11, 226-pounder certainly showed that he was much more than just a linebacker. Campbell, the Southern Cal recruit, showed that he's a versatile prospect.
"I never stop," Campbell said. "I'm always going to do what I can to get better or run across the field to make contact with someone. If you're on the play, and you're supposed to get hit, get ready - I'm coming."
Campbell says that heading to Southern Cal, he'll get a chance to try out his skills at safety, linebacker, or fullback. At Monday's morning practice with the West team, he showed there is another position he could play.
That's because the nation's No. 11 inside linebacker was punting balls over 40 yards. Campbell says that's all part of the equation with him.
His desire to be versatile was also a big reason why it was an easy decision for him to commit to Southern Cal.
"I pretty much knew since I Was a little kid that I wanted to go to USC," Campbell said. "I really wanted to go there when I saw that Pete Carroll was the head coach several years ago. I saw the guys they were recruiting and they like the smaller linebackers.
"They asked me to try out weakside linebacker, safety, or fullback. Whatever gets me on the field and helps the team. I'll do it."
Campbell is also glad to finally be in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with some familiar faces. After getting to know fellow Golden State prospects like Da'John Harris and Omar Bolden, he said it was nice to see them again.
"They were all calling me asking me where I was," he said. "It's just a great experience and great to finally be here. I traveled a long time, but this was worth it."
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