DULLACK COLUMN: Campbell must reevaluate his priorities if Cass Tech QB wants to get his life, career back on track |
For Jayru Campbell, it’s no longer about Michigan State.
It’s no longer about being a four-star quarterback.
It’s no longer about winning state championships or football games in general.
For Jayru Campbell, this isn’t about football anymore.
It’s about getting back on track to being the person, that everyone saw burst onto the scene a few years ago and took the state of Michigan by storm as a freshman.
While it is now widely-known around the area that the Detroit Cass Tech junior all-state field general was arrested after reputedly assaulting a school security guard during school hours, many things surrounding Campbell are still up in the air. Including his once-bright future that was all but guaranteed after his brilliant performances that led the Technicians to repeat state championship when he was a freshman and sophomore, efforts that brought him national attention in the recruiting ranks.
Committed to Michigan State since this past summer, Campbell may not have a scholarship offer from the Spartans for much longer after virtually the whole country learning of the results of Wednesday’s incident.
Immediately following the alleged assault, an incident caught on tape that subsequently went viral on the internet, Campbell was taken into police custody, a jailing that lasted two days and included being charged with assault and battery.
Campbell’s actions began spiraling out of control in November when the star signal-caller struck a member of the Novi Detroit Catholic Central football team after the Shamrocks upset Cass Tech season in the Division 1 final foor, bringing an end to the Technicians' quest for a third state title.
It was rumored that Campbell’s father was sent to jail in the hours prior to the semifinal game, which could have led to his actions after the game.
There are no excuses for Campbell’s actions in recent months.
There are no excuses for assaulting a school security guard, someone tasked with the job of making the school environment safer.
Disciplinary actions towards Campbell by Cass Tech or law enforcement are not yet known, however, harsh punishment will likely by justified considering the extremity of his actions.