June 6, 2013

Campbell talks Buckeyes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Parris Campbell is only 15-years-old, but last weekend he was afforded the opportunity to spend a day practicing on the football field that he'll call home throughout his college career.

Taking part in the Nike Football Training Camp on the Ohio State campus last Sunday, the OSU commit competed with some of the nation's top prospects on the practice field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Facility. The St. Vincent-St. Mary running back more than held his own in drills, and as a result received an invitation to Nike's "The Opening," a four-day event featuring 150 of the country's top players.

"It was really cool. It was a great experience. I liked it a lot," Campbell said. "I got a lot out of the techniques and skills from the coaches, so it was good."

Currently ranked as a three-star recruit, Campbell said that he's still unsure of what position he'll ultimately play at the college level. He said that he's capable of playing on both sides of the ball, including multiple positions on the offensive side.

"(The Ohio State coaches) are listing me as an athlete right now, so they don't know," Campbell explained. "I can defensive back, cornerback, running back and wide receiver."

The one position that Campbell said that the coaches have spoken to him most about is the Buckeyes' pivot position, a wide receiver-running back hybrid, which was made famous by Percy Harvin during OSU coach Urban Meyer's days at Florida.

"That's where they kind of where they see me at right now," Campbell said. "That's the position that they've been talking about mostly."

Between his fit in the Buckeyes' offense and familiarity with the OSU campus, Campbell said that jumping on his offer to play for Ohio State was a no-brainer.

"I always wanted to come to Ohio State since I was a kid," he said. "After I visited a couple of times, it just felt like home. It's a great home-based school, and I just fell in love with it."

Campbell will be back in Columbus this upcoming weekend, where he'll compete in the state track meet. The 6-foot, 181-pound speedster is running in four events, including the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 4X100 relay, and 4X200 relay.

On Sunday, Campbell will remain in Columbus, where he'll partake in the Ohio State football camp. It is there that he'll try to recruit more players to join the Buckeyes' 2014 recruiting class, just like he successfully helped bring St. Vincent-St. Mary teammate Dante Booker on board.

"If you want to win a national championship with one of your former teammates, come to Ohio State," Campbell said, when asked what message he gave to Booker while recruiting him. "I just got Book. I gotta start picking up a couple more guys."


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