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Video: 2015 Mich. St. QB commit arrested after body slamming security guard

Jayru Campbell

A prominent commitment to Michigan State’s 2015 recruiting class has found himself in quite a bit of legal hot water… and there’s video evidence that purportedly proves it.

Wednesday afternoon, Detroit Cass Tech quarterback Jayru Campbell was arrested following an incident inside his school that, in part, involved a security guard.  The Detroit News, citing assistant superintendent Steven Wasko, subsequently reported that Campbell has been charged with assault and battery.

“Detroit Public Schools Police Department is investigating and additionally the district’s Student Code of Conduct process will determine the infraction and the appropriate disciplinary action,” Wasko told the News.

Outside of a verbal spat, what led to the encounter between Campbell and the security guard is unclear.  What is clear is that Campbell was caught on video doing the WWE deed, as first posted by our friends at


Police confirmed to WXYZ-TV that it was Campbell doing the slamming and being led away by another security guard.  One of Campbell’s teammates, however, lays the blame on the security guard for instigating the incident.

“Jayru’s one of the hardest working kids I know. And he’s smart,” Cass Tech football player Jamaal Brown told FOX 2 in Detroit . “I think the whole situation was self-defense. When somebody puts their hands on you, you got a right to defend yourself.”

This, though, is not the first incident involving Campbell and some level of violence.

Last November, Campbell was again (somewhat) caught on video, this time punching a Detroit Catholic Central player in the handshake line following a Cass Tech playoff loss.  The News reports Campbell was suspended for 3-5 days by the school immediately following that incident.  He was also suspended for the 2014 season opener.

In the video below, you don’t see the actual punch that was acknowledged by the player’s own coach, but you do see the aftermath — including, ironically enough, Campbell being put to the ground by another man: has given a four-star rating to Campbell, ranking him as the No. 9 dual-threat quarterback in the country for the Class of 2015.  He also holds offers from Alabama, Notre Dame and Wisconsin, although the recruiting website refers to him as a “solid verbal.”

Campbell gave a non-binding verbal commitment to the Spartans in early August of last year.  There’s speculation that MSU has pulled its offer, although that’s not been confirmed.

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48 Responses to “Video: 2015 Mich. St. QB commit arrested after body slamming security guard”
  1. mydixienormus says: Jan 23, 2014 10:59 AM

    Model citizen.

  2. mgmac says: Jan 23, 2014 11:13 AM

    He’s from detroit what do you expect

  3. thraiderskin says: Jan 23, 2014 11:18 AM

    Yeah.. that guy should be allowed to attend college… Detroit at its finest.

  4. Deb says: Jan 23, 2014 11:26 AM

    Every time something like this happens, people jump on here and start mouthing off without having a clue what prompted the incident. I guarantee it wasn’t prompted by having “Detroit” stamped on his birth certificate. All we know is that he body-slammed the guy. To suggest that getting into a fight should keep a kid from being allowed to attend college is ridiculous.

  5. Bob says: Jan 23, 2014 11:32 AM

    Real winner. Doesn’t have respect for authority, apparently, as is evidenced by the second video where he has to finally be restrained by a coach putting him to the ground. So save us the excuses. He’s a quarterback, and a quarterback is supposed to be bigger than stuff like this.

  6. nicofthenorthstar says: Jan 23, 2014 11:36 AM

    Looks like a great kid. Sounds like a great kid. That’s just great.

  7. nicofthenorthstar says: Jan 23, 2014 11:41 AM

    The Seahawks should probably just get it over with and sign this gem now.

  8. cubano76 says: Jan 23, 2014 11:47 AM

    Another reason why there should be a height & weight requirement for all security guards!

  9. mauldawg says: Jan 23, 2014 12:13 PM

    Deb, You are the biggest cry baby ever. All you want to do is protect the thugs. Everytime a player shows his true self,you are out here telling everyone it was not their fault. Always someone else’s. Once these kids learn to man up they will be better off.

  10. ttalarico says: Jan 23, 2014 12:31 PM

    I would put some money on ND pulling their offer. I seem to remember a guy named Randy Moss was all set to come to ND and he got in a bad fight in HS. His offer was pulled right away. I think my memory is correct on this.

  11. Ian's Rushtache says: Jan 23, 2014 12:33 PM

    Yeah Deb. Like this kid was going to attend a single college class anyway.

  12. reesesteel23 says: Jan 23, 2014 12:41 PM

    LOL “CFT…..where you’re a good kid based on how you look and sound.”

    “CFT..we believe if your kid has ever been in a fight, he’s a thug and will not attend your college classes”

    Bunch of adults we have in here I see

  13. jetnotjets says: Jan 23, 2014 12:43 PM

    There has to be more to it. First off, why are the other 2 security guards just standing back and letting their coworker get wrapped up and then slammed. The 2 other guys are just watching this happen and not trying to assist their coworker in restraining Campbell. If Campbell was the instigator, then I bet the other 2 guys would have jumped in to help their guy out. Looks to me like short man syndrome kicked in, and little man got in over his head, and then dumped on his head. Then the other 2 security guards stepped in. One of them to hold Campbell back from inflicting more damage, and the other guy stayed back to keep little man from going after Campbell. If Campbell was the instigator, then all 3 would be going after him. From what I see here, the little guy started it, and Campbell finished it.

  14. reesesteel23 says: Jan 23, 2014 12:46 PM


    Come on deb wake up. If he looked and sounded like Tim Tebow everyone here would want to know what happened before passing judgement.

    He doesn’t. He’s from Detroit, has a different accent than most, and he’s a run-first Qb. Judgement was passed as soon as everyone here saw “Detroit” in the second sentence of the Article.

    And ofcourse, when YOU don’t pass judgement like they did, they call you “the biggest cry baby ever”

  15. ttalarico says: Jan 23, 2014 12:49 PM

    @ jetnotjets

    Are you free to testify in court in Campbell’s defense? You have it all figured out!!


  16. normtide says: Jan 23, 2014 1:07 PM

    Where are the SEC haters? Cause this only happens in the b1g.

  17. louforprethident says: Jan 23, 2014 1:08 PM

    “Jayru’s one of the hardest working kids I know. And he’s smart,”

    Not smart enough to refrain from getting in a physical altercation with a security guard. Even I know not to do that…. Come to think of it, I’m not sure I’ve ever had an intelligent conversation with anyone that kicked a cop’s or security guard’s ass.

    jetnojets: Ever think the other guards didn’t get involved earlier because it makes their life easier not to have to file the required paperwork if they use force? They might have thought the situation would have calmed down without having to intervene. Possible scenario, no?

  18. monkeyjuice313 says: Jan 23, 2014 1:21 PM

    All major inner cities have this issue. It’s not a “Detroit” thing…it’s a culture thing. He was trying to “keep it real” and the video proves this because of all the cheering going on after he slammed them. Most of the black teen culture has no leadership. Especially when many parents are already taken out of the equation. Hope he figures out a positive path, because a lot of kids without athletic talent don’t have a chance.

  19. bigdinla says: Jan 23, 2014 1:41 PM

    Really Reese? Way to jump up with the race card. This isn’t bad because of who did it! It’s bad because of what occurred. This person is not a victim.

  20. barnesaintnoble says: Jan 23, 2014 1:57 PM

    High school used to be a place where you could make mistakes (because, you are technically still a kid) and move on having learned from those mistakes. This shouldn’t be reported and it shouldn’t be considered news. I guess it is just the good and bad that comes with the internet age.

  21. reesesteel23 says: Jan 23, 2014 2:02 PM


    Funny….didn’t bring up race, you did. Re-read my comment and then come back when you are ready. andddddd Go!

  22. louforprethident says: Jan 23, 2014 2:17 PM

    Reese: It’s pretty obvious you were referring to race. Now it’s pretty obvious you are race baiting someone to use the word you were afraid to use.

    There is nothing wrong with talking about different races. It’s a fact of life. We are not all made alike, from the same place or have the same ancestors. It’s this spice of life that keeps the world from being a bore. I don’t want everybody to be the same.

    I don’t care what box you checked on the census. Anyone who body slams a security guard better have a good reason to. Fear of substantial bodily harm from the guard might be one. I seriously doubt that was the case with all these witnesses around.

  23. longbino says: Jan 23, 2014 2:28 PM

    Is this a high school in Detroit or a mini riot in Detroit ?

  24. reesesteel23 says: Jan 23, 2014 2:58 PM


    No…my comment says what you want it to say. Every single year there are multiple different run-first quarterback controversies…

    Terelle Pryor
    Cam Newton
    Johnny Manziel
    Geno Smith
    Colin K when he finally got the nod over Alex Smith.

    All these guys were/are run into the ground before/after they get drafted or when the make the most minor mistake known to man.. Its people like the people on HERE who enjoy doing it for some reason which I don’t understand

    Since you want to bring up race, ok 4 of the 5 I mentioned are black. So what?

  25. louforprethident says: Jan 23, 2014 3:17 PM

    Reese: What’s that have to do with not looking or sounding like Tim Tebow? I didn’t know run first quarterbacks always have a different accent than most people. This just doesn’t make sense to state this if you were only referring to run first qb’s regardless of race or background or anything else. If you don’t want race involved, don’t bring up that other stuff. State what you intend.

    By the way, Tim had a lot of rushing yards. He was an option qb that ran for almost 3000 yards in his college career. He just happened to pass for a bunch too.

    I didn’t want to bring up race. I was just stating that there is nothing wrong with it. 4 of the 5 that you selected are black. It’s just a statistic to make out of it what you want. There are a lot more qb controversies than these guys. Some of which are white.

  26. harbourimages says: Jan 23, 2014 3:53 PM

    He’ll fit right in at MSU. They’ll probably move him to Defense….

  27. louhudson23 says: Jan 23, 2014 3:53 PM

    Punched another player in the handshake line,and threw a tantrum when someone attempted to restrain him.Body slams a school security guard in front of a crowd of fellow students and other security personnel….. A smack talking opposing player and perhaps an overzealous Security Guard. At bare minimum,terrible judgement. At worst,serious anger management issues and lack of self control.No matter where he is from,what his race is or isn’t,what position he plays,the young man has created a rather serious problem for himself. Making excuses for him solves nothing. It gets harder,not easier.

  28. youngcarexec says: Jan 23, 2014 4:22 PM

    Coming to a Junior College near you.

  29. guinsrule says: Jan 23, 2014 4:25 PM

    Sounds like the kiddies in the video were using the “n” word…guess they haven’t gotten the memo…

  30. reesesteel23 says: Jan 23, 2014 4:45 PM


    As far as looking and sounding like Tim Tebow. (Even though he is still in HS) He’s not being invited to minister at churches, he’s not praising God in his interviews following a good performance after HS games. He’s not kneeling down and praying on the sidelines(which I don’t have a problem with any of that)

    ^ That is what I mean by looking and sounding like Tim Tebow. I meant actions, not so much physical appearance. I should have worded it differently.

    As far as accents, I am from Oklahoma and most of my customers are farmers and ranchers from all 50 states. I hear a million different accents a day, and I can tell ya, people from Michigan have an accent different from most.

    All I am saying is, from this one article, how can you say someone “is a thug, doesn’t deserve to be in college, and wont attend his classes even if he went” Is that not ignorant to you?

  31. titansbro says: Jan 23, 2014 5:29 PM

    This kid is lucky he didn’t seriously injure or even kill the guy. That’s a hard head slam on a hard surface. Kid should be in jail.

  32. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 23, 2014 5:33 PM


    I’m pretty sure Geno Smith is about as far from a run first QB as you can get….

  33. monsterright says: Jan 23, 2014 7:42 PM

    normtide says:
    Jan 23, 2014 1:07 PM
    Where are the SEC haters? Cause this only happens in the b1g.

    Well he does hold an offer from Alabama…..

  34. Deb says: Jan 23, 2014 9:54 PM

    Spend a day away from the blogs and you miss a lot of entertainment.

    All kinds of things are going on here, reesesteel23.

    For one, since I’ve called out mauldawg on his jackassery a time or two, he doesn’t need a real reason to slam me. Any excuse will do–and I’m well aware my perceived defense of “thugs” annoys some people. However, I never said–as mauldawg posted–that this incident wasn’t the kid’s fault. I said none of us knows from this video whose fault it is and the kid being from Detroit has nothing to do with it.

    Even football players are entitled to due process. Justice will take its course, and if the kid is super talented, he’ll still get his shot.

  35. tuckfexas says: Jan 24, 2014 12:19 AM

    Hopefully the prison where this hoodrat ends up is close to home so his mom doesn’t have to drive too far.

  36. stoicpaisano says: Jan 24, 2014 12:13 PM

    Hopefully the prison where this hoodrat ends up is close to home so his mom doesn’t have to drive too far.


    If Campbell does it’ll be like father, like son. Maybe there’s a Bunny Colvin around to adopt him and make him cut that hair, because he can be spotted from a mile away.

  37. tuckfexas says: Jan 24, 2014 3:53 PM

    Go figure. So daddy’s really in the pen?

  38. nicofthenorthstar says: Jan 24, 2014 4:25 PM

    Gotta love the apologists excusing this child’s pattern of totally unacceptable behavior. “It’s okay little guy, it’s not your fault that you are a disrespectful, recklessly violent man-child. it’s just important that you stay true to yourself. Besides, the world owes you a full scholarship to a top tier college.”

  39. normtide says: Jan 24, 2014 5:36 PM

    Nic, best post ever. If nothing is ever your fault, there is never a reason to improve and grow. Hell, many probably want to give him a participation trophy and a licensee to thug. If you talk to teachers they will tell you, the parents are the problem. Nothing is their child’s fault. If rules are broken, then rules should be changed. Even when the discipline their children, it’s soft. A time out? I use the belt, along with an explanation. Say what you will, but back when all parents did that, you didn’t hear about schools getting shot up and kids building bombs. In fact the doctor that got all this fake punishment started, his child committed suicide. I’ll stick to what got me where I am.

  40. Deb says: Jan 24, 2014 7:13 PM

    Wow. So failure to spank causes suicide? Right. The blogs are so enlightening :roll:

    Guess we should ignore all that data about depression and substance abuse, huh?

    And yes, I came from a home that didn’t spare the rod. I believe in spanking. But people who decide they know EVERYTHING about a court case or a suicide based on NO evidentiary information whatsoever just need to be slapped. Southern expression. Really applies right now.

  41. pricecube says: Jan 24, 2014 8:21 PM

    I would like a follow up story to know the extent of the guards injuries (if there are any). That looked pretty serious. I was surprised he was able to get up afterward. He could have been killed. I also hope this results in a serious charge. People spend years in prison for something like possession of marijuana. I do not understand how violent crime does not carry sentences that are heavier. If someone did that to one of my family members I would want them to be looking at a couple years in the clink minimum… if not I would be tempted to hunt them down for some payback.

  42. pricecube says: Jan 24, 2014 8:39 PM

    Apparently the guard is injury free which is kind of a miracle… very fortunate.

  43. normtide says: Jan 24, 2014 10:04 PM

    Deb, just making a point that the man who changed the parenting paradigm didn’t have it all figured out. The way I see it, each child is individual. Punishment should be based on personality. That’s why there is no real data, because each child is a variable. You also have to account for the fact that troubled adults like to lay blame too. What’s easier than saying “it’s my parent’s fault, I want hugged enough”?

    I have one child that just talking to works. Letting his parents down hurts him more than a spanking would. I have another that it doesn’t. But, the main thing is I don’t allow them to shift blame to others. The root of their trouble falls at their feet.

    I also have a nephew who doesn’t get spanked. ADD is to blame, never him. The funny thing is though, he never has a problem doing what he is told when either myself or my father is around. Only with his mom, who is single. I’m not saying every diagnosis is wrong, but at least half could be cured with a belt. Other studies have shown it as well. I for one won’t insist my kids stay off drugs, only to give them drugs when the act up.

    The bottom line to me is, you don’t need a book to raise your child. A book doesn’t know your child like you do. Just be involved, a parent and family/support group can figure it out.

  44. dhardy8207 says: Jan 25, 2014 10:03 AM

    “Detroit Public Schools Police Department is investigating and additionally the district’s Student Code of Conduct”


    Ok…that statement says alot…Most public school districts don’t have their own police department…

    If this kid is a 2015 prospect and has already formed the opinion that sneaking a “one hitter quitter” on a player of an opposing team after a game or body slamming a “high school security officer” then at the very least he needs some counceling in anger management or maybe even alittle more indepth evaluation.

  45. Deb says: Jan 25, 2014 1:07 PM


    Unfortunately, I have a lot of experience dealing with causes and effects of suicide. It’s a complex issue. That’s why I cringe when people draw any conclusions about some frivolous event–such as parenting philosophy–leading to a suicide. It doesn’t work that way.

    This kid may indeed be wholly at fault in this incident. If so, that will come out in the judicial process. But I’ve also had experience with authority figures–such as police and security officers–crossing the line in dealing with the public and deliberately provoking incidents. And that’s why I urge people not to assume that just because a kid is black and from Detroit he’s a menace to society, undeserving of a college education, and should be locked up for two or three years. Everyone deserves due process.

  46. normtide says: Jan 25, 2014 6:16 PM

    My point was the doctor who literally wrote the book on modern parenting didn’t have a fairy tale ending. I also am tired of grown adults blaming their parents for their problems. I fully agree with authority figures abusing power. It will probably only get worse with the militarization of police forces. I stand by my statement on spankings though. It doesn’t take a statistician to see that the decline of corporal punishment corresponds with the state of children and young adults today.

  47. dhardy8207 says: Jan 25, 2014 6:30 PM


    I agree…. I know the fact that I had a mother that would not shy away from delivering a few blows with a switch sure stuck in my mind at any opportunity of possible rebellion at school or elsewhere. The fear of what I would face when I got home if she got a call from the school was more than I wished to deal with. Some think fear is a bad thing or unnecessary but my mother raised 5 and we all have worked since before we got out of school, no drug issues, no jail time for any of us, and none bare the scars of her discipline. She and my dad always taught us that if we didn’t fear the consequences for breaking their rules then we wouldn’t fear the consequences of breaking laws once adults and out on our own.

  48. steeler1nation says: Jan 26, 2014 1:08 PM

    Race crime.
    Knockout game-inspired.
    Where’s Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and MSNBC?

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