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FOOTBALL RECRUITING : Campbell's win in court might reopen doors in recruiting game

Football   | Scott Burnstein

FOOTBALL RECRUITING : Campbell's win in court might reopen doors in recruiting game

DETROIT – With good news on the legal front coming last week, it appears that Detroit Cass Tech football star and one-time Michigan State quarterback-commit Jayru Campbell will be out of jail soon and could be back on the college-recruiting radar.

Campbell, 17, was arrested and jailed on September 12 on assault and theft charges stemming from an altercation with his then-girlfriend on the Cass Tech campus, hours removed from being released from a two-month stint behind bars for body-slamming a Cass Tech security guard last winter.

Originally charged with domestic violence, assault with intent to commit great bodily harm and unarmed robbery, last Monday 36th District Court Judge Ruth Carter ordered the assault and robbery charges (both felonies) dropped, which leaves only the misdemeanor domestic violence charge remaining. The domestic violence charge holds a 90-day maximum sentence, opposed to a possible 10-year sentence if he had been convicted on the assault and robbery counts..

Campbell, who will miss his entire senior campaign on the gridiron, remains incarcerated awaiting his probation violation hearing.

What does all this mean for his recruiting status?

“I think schools will start looking at him again,” Scout.com’s Midwest Football Recruiting Editor,  Allen Trieu said.

There are still hurdles though Trieu warned.

“It’s going to be hard because first, a team will be taking a big chance and second because there is no film on him this year,” he said.

Prior to his first assault charge in January, the 6-foot-3, 195 pound field general had gotten scholarship offers from Michigan State, Eastern Michigan, Notre Dame, Alabama, Wisconsin and Cincinnati. On the heels of quarterbacking Cass Tech to repeat state championships (Division 1) as a freshman and sophomore, Campbell committed to Michigan State in the summer of 2013. Last spring, following his being sentenced to jail time for attacking the school security guard – an incident that was caught on videotape – he and Michigan State parted ways.

As he headed to serve his time in the Wayne County Jail in July, Campbell was still on Cincinnati’s radar and Syracuse and LSU were sniffing around in his direction, according to national scouting experts.

Demonstrating a willingness to change positions at the next level, he spent portions of his camping in the offseason playing wide receiver.

Trieu thinks Campbell’s immediate future as a football player probably lies with a Division I-AA, Division II or junior college program.

“I think those will be his best opportunities,” he said.

Scout.com’s Kyle Bogenschutz doesn’t rule out the possibility that Campbell winds up at Division I school.

“The bottom line is if you can play someone will find a place for you,” he said.