While other members of his recruiting class are out working on their football skills ahead of their senior seasons, Jayru Campbell will be working on making time pass behind a set of steel bars this summer.
According to multiple media outlets, the Cass Tech (Mich.) High School football player was sentenced to, among other things, 60 days in jail after pleading guilty to misdemeanor aggravated assault. The quarterback had also originally been charged with felony assault with intent to do great bodily harm after he body slammed a school security guard who had the audacity to tell him to remove a hood; that charge was dropped as part of a plea agreement reached with prosecutors.
In addition to the jail time, Campbell was sentenced to 15 months probation, 75 hours of community service, pay over $700 in fees and fines, undergo anger management and submit to random drug screenings. If Campbell complies with all of the terms of his sentencing, his record will be wiped clean at the end of the probation period.
Also as part of the plea agreement, Campbell was forced to apologize to the security guard, who was not in attendance at the sentencing.
“I offer you my apologies and wish you the best in your future,” Campbell said in part of his 30-second apology for the incident in the video below.
Rivals.com 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” to the Spartans.
Campbell gave a non-binding verbal commitment to the Spartans in early August of last year.
What will happen to that commitment, given the serious legal road Campbell must still traverse, remains to be seen, although the Detroit Free Press did note the following back in February:
Incoming MSU students who are convicted of a crime can still gain admission, according to university policy, even in the case of a felony conviction. An admissions review team deals with such situations on a case-by-case basis, MSU spokesman Jason Cody said.
The school security guard wasn’t the first incidence of violence involving Campbell, however.
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: