At the recent Nike combine at East L.A. JC (Calif.) last Saturday, no player drew more stares than Norco (Calif.) linebacker Jordan Campbell. Campbell is built like a truck and one onlooker made the comment, 'I wouldn't want that kid hitting my house more less me on the football field.'
Campbell measured in at a rock solid 6-0, 215 pounds and with his long black hair tied into a ponytail, it wasn't long before several coaches and staff members had a nickname for the athletic linebacker.
"Yeah, everyone was calling me Troy Polamalu," Campbell said. "I guess it's because my size and hair. It was all in good fun though and he's not a bad person to be compared with, that's for sure."
Campbell clocked a 4.75 in the 40, jumped 30 inches in the vertical, ran a 4.16 in the shuttle and did 36 reps on the bench. His 91.72 SPARQ Rating was second best in the camp.
"I couldn't run my 40 better," Campbell said. "My start was bad both times I ran it. My last 30 yards were good but I stood up at the start instead of just staying low and that hurt my time a little."
Campbell had a very good junior season in helping Norco win the Div V CIF title. He earned 1st team all-CIF and second team all-state Underclass honors last season after totaling 135 tackles and recovered two fumbles.
"Jordan is a high motor guy," Norco coach Todd Gerhart said. "He's a very active player and has great football instincts. He's definitely a high major Div I player all the way."
On the recruiting front, Campbell is still waiting for his first scholarship offer, which is pretty surprising to us, but has a good idea of where he would like to play his college ball.
"I like the local schools, USC and UCLA," Campbell said. "I think both are great schools and I like the idea of staying close to home to play college ball. I like the rest of the Pac 10 too and I'm not closing the door to anyone right now. I'm just going to keep working out hard and hopefully I'll continue to do well at all the spring and summer camps and combines."