Make no bones about it, Corona (Calif.) Norco linebacker/fullback Jordan Campbell has blown up big time. Early in the process, the 5-foot-11, 226-pounder had good early offers, but nothing like this. By the end of May, Campbell had picked up 14 scholarship offers from a who's who on the West Coast.
"It's gotten crazy," Campbell said.
"I've gotten offers now from Utah, UTEP, Oregon, Washington, San Diego State, New Mexico, Boise State, UNLV, Fresno State, Minnesota, UConn and Baylor. Then Oregon State and Arizona State said they're really close to offering me and they should be coming in the mail soon."
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But there is one offer that's eluded him so far that could change everything as to when and how he makes his decision. Campbell openly admits he'd love a USC scholarship offer, and he hopes to prove to the Trojan coaches at the upcoming skill and linemen camp that he's worthy.
"USC is my No. 1, and I'd commit probably if they offered me," Campbell said. "I'd have to sit and talk things over with my parents first, but I'd be ready to be a Trojan. I know I can play there and I know I could fit in there."
To prove he's talented enough to be a Trojan, Campbell said he's ready to try anything to impress the coaches. He will attend both days of this weekend's up coming camps and give it a shot at fullback, defensive end and linebacker.
"They're looking at me at fullback, and I'm not too sure about that," Campbell said. "I'm going to prove to them that I can play linebacker and show them that's where I belong. I'm going to try to impress them with my quickness and hand-to-eye coordination. The coaches saw me at two combines and loved me, and now it's just a case of me being presented to the coaching staff.
"They said they have a special drill for me to see how I'd come off the end if things don't work out at fullback. I'll line up wherever they say. I'll go against anybody they put in front of me."