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2015 Mich. St. commit facing charges for assaulting security guard

Jayru Campbell

A development that was leaked late Monday night has further clouded the future of a prominent commitment to Michigan State’s 2015 recruiting class.

Citing online court documents, the Detroit Free Press is reporting that Cass Tech High School football player Jayru Campbell is facing charges in connection to an in-school incident Jan. 22.  The Free Press writes that “[t]he possible charges listed include assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, a felony, and aggravated assault, a misdemeanor.”

Campbell was arrested — but not charged as originally reported — after he was involved in an altercation with a school security guard.  Several cell phone videos of the incident subsequently surfaced, each of which showed an individual purported to be Campbell body slamming a Cass security guard.  Outside of a verbal spat, what led to the encounter between Campbell and the security guard is unclear.


In an unusual move, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has scheduled a press conference for 2 p.m. ET Tuesday to announce a charging decision, the paper reported.

The fact that one of his player’s dirty legal laundry is being aired for public consumption doesn’t sit well with Cass Tech’s head football coach.

“I’m just really in awe,” Thomas Wilcher told the Free Press. “I’m just ticked at the whole process. …

“I don’t understand why everything has to be played out in the media about this kid.”

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

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 Detroit 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 been growing speculation that MSU has pulled its offer, although that’s not been confirmed.

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20 Responses to “2015 Mich. St. commit facing charges for assaulting security guard”
  1. mydixienormus says: Feb 11, 2014 11:03 AM

    Model citizen.

  2. derekgorgonstar says: Feb 11, 2014 11:37 AM

    This is why sparty will always be a second rate program. I mean please, that Rose Bowl win was their first in 25 years.

  3. steeler1nation says: Feb 11, 2014 11:47 AM

    This is a hate crime, a race crime, and likely inspired by the black “knockout game”, where blacks target non-blacks.
    Where are the “reverends” Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton condoning this deplorable action.

  4. steeler1nation says: Feb 11, 2014 11:51 AM

    “If I had a son, he’d look like Jayru”

    – Barry H. Obama

  5. chc4 says: Feb 11, 2014 12:09 PM

    Typical B1G nonsense. He will get run a few stairs at the stadium… that’ll teach him!

  6. mightyoak says: Feb 11, 2014 12:26 PM

    What a mess. Some real weirdos headed to State this year. Guess that comes with the territory when you steal them from Michigan. Hope they stay away from the suspected rapists now.

  7. philliesblow says: Feb 11, 2014 12:27 PM

    If this kid ever steps foot on MSU’s campus again as anything other than a visitor, you’ll be able to knock me over with a feather.

  8. stoicpaisano says: Feb 11, 2014 12:56 PM

    Offer is pulled. I’m not sure what language (or backchannels) MSU used but it’s all over the sites.

    Mightyoak – risks of recruiting a school like Cass Tech. UM got burned with Cissoko and 4+ of the kick coverage team that got in the brouhaha against OSU are Cass Tech grads.

    For the Buckeyes’ part, Marco Cooper (c/o 2000) was a black eye on the program, though Vern Gholston was a hit and hopefully Damon Webb will be also.

    Sort of like Glenville down in Cleveland, high-risk, high-reward. OSU gets most talent, but UM has had varying degrees of success with Pierre Woods, Frank Clark and Willie Henry.

  9. mightyoak says: Feb 11, 2014 1:29 PM

    @stoic- great examples. Point proven. I’m sure MSU had an easy time pulling it. I’m surprised he was even considered a high commodity in the way Dantonio runs his offense. Pretty basic low risk, run first offense with calculated high risk gambles.

  10. Deb says: Feb 11, 2014 1:38 PM

    Some of these comments are unbelievably asinine. But please … don’t let me interrupt your racist venting. :roll:

  11. mauldawg says: Feb 11, 2014 2:19 PM

    Deb, You have the brain of small child. You can not read or you have a lack of understanding what you read or your stupid. The kid is a thug. He belongs in prison not in college. Your as bad as his coach. He is wondering why all the media hype. Kids do crimes,video them and think it is funny. Hope this thug likes prison. He should be there for a long time.

  12. Deb says: Feb 11, 2014 3:21 PM

    mauldawg …

    I’m not the grammar police, but it’s always amusing when someone who doesn’t understand the difference between “your” and “you’re” remarks on someone else’s stupidity. Still, grammar could be easily excused, if that were your only failing. But you also lack any understanding of our criminal justice system. You don’t get to decide this kid has committed a crime and belongs in prison. That decision belongs to a jury. He is innocent until proved guilty.

    As the article says–you can read, right? And you are capable of basic reading comprehension, right? No one knows what happened to provoke this incident. You may believe this kid just decided to walk up and body slam a security guard, but I’m willing to bet something provoked that move. The kid may have been completely out of bounds–in which case, the law will take its course. But we’ve seen incidents in which police and security guards were the ones who acted out of bounds, and I’m willing to wait for the evidence. That’s what people with adult brains do.

    And if you think this kid videoed this act of aggression and thought it was funny, you’re an even bigger fool than you seem. Yes, you’re right. A lot of stupid kids do stupid vicious things, videotape them, post the videos, and think it’s funny. But that has nothing to do with this young man. And you cannot damn this kid for their behaviors. This kid did not take nor post these videos and you don’t have any evidence that he thinks any of this is funny. You have to judge this incident on its own merits, not on what you think of other kids, of black kids, of athletes, or of “thugs”–a determination you cannot make without more evidence.

    And even if this kid is fully at fault–in which case, he deserves whatever punishment the law determines–it has nothing to do with Barack Obama, hate crimes, or any of the other racist nonsense being posted on this thread. It’s about one guy doing something wrong. His race has nothing to do with it.

    But it’s okay if you can’t absorb any of this. My childlike brain has low expectations.

  13. meatcarroll says: Feb 11, 2014 4:02 PM

    Lock him up for life, throw away the key. Is give him the electric chair but that’s just me.

  14. meatcarroll says: Feb 11, 2014 4:02 PM

    Lock him up for life, throw away the key. Is give him the electric chair but that’s just me.

  15. meatcarroll says: Feb 11, 2014 4:02 PM

    Lock him up for life, throw away the key. Is give him the electric chair but that’s just me.

  16. meatcarroll says: Feb 11, 2014 4:02 PM

    Lock him up for life, throw away the key. Is give him the electric chair but that’s just me.

  17. jrs45 says: Feb 11, 2014 8:16 PM

    Wow! That chick threw him down like he was nothing! You go girl!

  18. tdub821 says: Feb 12, 2014 9:24 AM

    He will fit right in at “little brother”…a true sparty recruit.

  19. saved112 says: Feb 12, 2014 10:21 AM

    Well if you’re going to respond to foolishness that’s how you do good job deb burnnnnn

  20. dhardy8207 says: Feb 13, 2014 11:17 AM

    Some might argue that this “KID” was provoked and if thats how you see it then everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

    I couldn’t view the first video of the security guard incident because of an issue with youtube. However, in viewing the second video of the on field incident of punching a player from an opposing team during a post game hand shake, my opinion is this “KID” has a serious anger issue.

    The most telling part of that video is even after being approached by a member of the coaching staff (i.e an authority figure of his own team) he still proceeded to test that individual’s authority and instruction. After he’s wrestled to the gound, instead of calming down he still persist in bucking that individual and other coaching staff come over and try to control him. I find it hard to believe that a member of his team’s coaching staff provoked him and I counted at least 3 or more additional men holding him down until he apparently calms down.

    Lastly, he is held down on the ground for what appears to be several minutes at least. This would remind me of a tantrum that a young child might throw. At his age, he should no better. My parents taught my 4 siblings and I at an early age something called “respecting authority”, but that was back in the days where children knew better than to jump up in an adults face even if it weren’t their parents. How can one justify his actions in this video but yet condem him later on down the road when he’s posing for a mug shot. No adult/coach wants to have to physically restrain a young man that is supposedly the leader of a football team. He might still be considered a “KID” by age but when he is placed in a position of leadership, certain things should be required and expected of him. While I agree everyone gets angry and some lose their temper, having to be physically wrestled to the ground and restrained for several minutes is unacceptable.

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