The state of Nevada is more known as an adult playground, but as its population grows the high school football is getting a lot better and is producing D-I level football players.
One of best players in the state is athlete/defensive back D.J. Campbell from North Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne.
Campbell stood out on both sides of the football in 2005 when started at corner and quarterback.
Campbell's performance as a corner his junior season earned him first-team all-conference honors after racking up 61 tackles, four pass breakups, three interceptions and two tackles for loss.
As a quarterback, Campbell took over in the second game of the season. For the season he passed for 596 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also tacked on 572 yards of rushing and added 10 more touchdowns on the ground.
If that wasn't enough offense for you he also caught four passes for 98 yards and another score.
A hard worker in the weight room and the classroom, Campbell currently benches 275, squats 450 and power cleans 280.
Campbell recorded a 38-inch vertical at the NIKE Camp held in Los Angeles, but his best jump was 39-inches at the NIKE Combine held at East Los Angeles Junior College.
In the classroom, Campbell is already a predictor with his 3.3 GPA and 1370 SAT score.
Campbell has two offers on the table from Michigan and Fresno State. He is being recruited by several other schools, but Arizona State, Cal, Oregon State, Washington, Michigan State and UNLV round out his top eight.
Michigan and Cal are Campbell's early favorites.
"I like Coach Ron Lee of Michigan and the way he is recruiting me," Campbell said. "He's a funny guy. Also with Michigan they are always a good program.
"I plan on taking an official visit to Michigan. I don't have the date yet, but Coach Lee and I are talking about visit dates."
"The thing about Cal is it's not too far from home, but yet, far enough," Campbell said. "Not only does Cal have a good football program, but the education is top-notch."
"I haven't been to Fresno State yet, but talking to (former teammate now at Oklahoma) Quinton Carter, he said the coaches at Fresno State are cool," Campbell said. "Though it is a small city there is still a lot to do and because it is a small city you can focus on football and your education."
The scouting report on Campbell is he's very athletic and physical. He is very versatile and could end up playing several positions on the D-I level.
Campbell is very explosive as his 39-inch vertical would indicate and he also has great closing speed on the ball.
When asked what position Campbell would prefer on the D-I level he had the following to say.
"I have no preference but I think I will end up on defense as a corner or a safety."