Blood is thicker than water, so believes Overland High School standout Jared Campbell. A few weeks ago, Campbell, who rushed for 1,200 yards and had three picks, committed to the University of Washington to play football with his buddies Devin Aguilar and Alvin Logan. When Randy Shannon received the chance to become the head coach at Miami, he soon extended an offer to Campbell to play DB for the Canes. In Campbell, Miami gets a DB who has good size at 6'0 195 pounds and the ability to run in the 4.4-4.5 range. When the offer from Miami came, Campbell decommited from Washington and jumped at the chance to play for his dream team and join his older brother defensive end Calais Campbell in Miami. Jared took a break from a hectic day of signing, class, weights and basketball practice to talk with us about his Miami commitment.
ColoradoInsider: You had originally committed to Washington, what brought about the switch to Miami?
Jared Campbell: Miami has been my dream school since I was young. I have blood there, you know my brother is there. If they would have offered me earlier in the year, I would have committed right then.
ColoradoInsider: Tell us about Coach Shannon?
Jared Campbell: I like coach Shannon a lot, he knows a lot about football. He does not show a lot of emotion but he is a good coach and he is going to do a lot for the program.
ColoradoInsider: Miami is putting a nice recruiting class together, how do you think you will fit into this program?
Jared Campbell: I bring work ethic. I think I'm a hard worker and I bring intelligence. You have to be smart to be on the field and I think I bring intelligence. Also, I have great athletic ability.
ColoradoInsider: You have the ability to play both safety and corner. Where is Miami looking to play you?
Jared Campbell: It is actually either one. They are going to try me out at both. I played both in high school. Coach said they would try me a corner but said not to be surprised if they try me at safety.
ColoradoInsider: What do you need to improve on as you take your game to Miami?
Jared Campbell: My brother told me the speed of the game is a lot different. He said you have to be ready, we do a lot of man coverage and these are not high school guys. These are college athletes. It is a lot different.
ColoradoInsider: Are you looking forward to just concentrating on playing one side of the ball?
Jared Campbell: That will help me out. If I play one side of the ball, I can give it more attention, really concentrate on it. But with my work ethic it won't be long before I get a grasp of things.
ColoradoInsider: Does it feel good to have the recruiting over with?
Jared Campbell: Yes, it is like having a weight lifted off my shoulder.
We would like to wish Jared the best of luck with the remainder of his school year and his upcoming career at Miami.