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Touted but troubled 2015 QB recruit decommits from Mich. St., has eyes on ‘Canes, LSU

Jayru Campbell

No longer a verbal pledge to Michigan State after, ahem, “decommitting” from the Spartans, Jayru Campbell is reportedly looking at another pair of well-heeled football programs as he looks to get his life back on track.

During a lengthy television feature on Campbell, Detroit Cass Tech head football coach Tom Wilcher told WXYZ-TV that his player is currently weighing offers from Miami (Fla.) and LSU. Additionally, Cincinnati is in play for Campbell as well.

Wherever Campbell lands, that program will be getting a kid who’s had a troubled — and violent — past.

Campbell was sentenced late last month 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.

Unless he gets significant time off for good behavior, Campbell will miss the start of his senior football season as he’ll be behind bars.


The school security guard incident wasn’t the first instance 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 reported 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:


During Campbell’s interview, the player said he’s “learned from the situation” and that “everybody deserves a second chance.”

I’m not a thug,” Campbell told the TV station. “I would not consider myself as a criminal. I would consider myself as a natural-born leader and someone that likes to help others.

“I have apologized to him in the court room, in front of the cameras and, you know, once again I hope that he forgives me and one day finds it in his heart to forgive me. I just want to say I apologize again.”

With two known violence-related checkmarks against him, Campbell claims he’s seen the light.

“I just learned that violence is not the answer,” Campbell said. “There’s different ways that you can solve a problem. … Learn to forgive. It took some time but I would say I definitely got to the point where I’m thinking before I react.”

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37 Responses to “Touted but troubled 2015 QB recruit decommits from Mich. St., has eyes on ‘Canes, LSU”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 17, 2014 9:44 AM

    I hope this kid gets his act together, but that said…. I think he needs to spend a year or two in JC on his own dime.

    As many have said previously about this situation, does this kid really deserve a taxpayer funded free education right now?

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 17, 2014 9:46 AM

    And another thing… he says “everyone deserves a second chance”…. we’ve already been to the second chance line and cashed that check…

    Your next chance has to be earned, not given.

  3. numbr4stuna says: Jun 17, 2014 9:50 AM

    I really hope Les has pulled that scholarship offer…

  4. jimmy53 says: Jun 17, 2014 9:55 AM

    “Everyone deserves a second chance.”

    It sounds more like his 4th or 5th chance. Playing college football should be treated less like a right of the athletically gifted and more like a privilege.

  5. raiderufan says: Jun 17, 2014 10:07 AM

    You know, I tend to look back at my youth and realize that despite thinking I knew everything I really knew nothing and give these kids some leeway when it come to judgements….but this kid scares me. I’d support him as a cane and hope for the best but it wouldn’t ruin any of my days if he went to LSU.

  6. manik56 says: Jun 17, 2014 10:31 AM

    Not a criminal? Not a fan of Merriam-Webster either.

  7. mydixienormus says: Jun 17, 2014 10:34 AM

    This kid would fit in quite well in Miami or LSU…

  8. psly2124 says: Jun 17, 2014 10:36 AM

    Miles show some backbone and tell the kid to go elsewhere. Seems destined for the U. The always love the criminal element.

  9. mauldawg says: Jun 17, 2014 10:39 AM

    Once a thug always a thug. This thug has had enough chances. However some coach that puts wins above everything else will sign this Thug. He wont last 1 year at any school. He will be in jail or prison.

  10. bigthymie93 says: Jun 17, 2014 10:52 AM

    It is so funny how everyone on this blog can criticize this kid. This is a prime example of a high school program run amuk. If the coaches ran a good program this would not be a problem. Most importantly where in the he’ll is this kids mother and father. I would have been pulled them reigns a long time ago. A free college education and u are fighting and assaulting security guards and other students….no way should that have flown for this long. He is a spoiled brat not a thug which is code for the N – word. Beat his ass dad and put Ur Damn foot down. Get that Damn free education

  11. jkulha86 says: Jun 17, 2014 11:22 AM

    There is no way this kid should receive a scholarship offer from any school. Earning a scholarship is basically rewarding him for his behavior. There are plenty of athletes out there that are much more deserving to have a scholarship to a big time school.

  12. tdub821 says: Jun 17, 2014 11:30 AM

    He would be a perfect fit for the ‘Canes….from one thug program to another.

  13. bonerchamp says: Jun 17, 2014 11:31 AM

    He might have his eye on the U but it ain’t happening.

  14. ducksk says: Jun 17, 2014 11:41 AM

    Deserves jail.

  15. mudhead123 says: Jun 17, 2014 11:56 AM

    Why is there another article about this black woman?

  16. philliesblow says: Jun 17, 2014 12:11 PM

    MSU already has a commitment from another highly rated QB for the same class, so Jayru “decommitting” from MSU is like telling someone you are breaking up with them after they got married to someone else.

  17. soflosportsfan says: Jun 17, 2014 12:49 PM

    tdub821 says:
    Jun 17, 2014 11:30 AM
    He would be a perfect fit for the ‘Canes….from one thug program to another.

    Miami may have had a thug reputation in the past but do your research pal, Miami has been one of the cleanest programs since Shannon took over chief. Also, when a Miami player does get in trouble, they actually get a punishment not a halftime suspension.

  18. ducksk says: Jun 17, 2014 1:52 PM

    Bad kid, great fro.

  19. germanflats13a38 says: Jun 17, 2014 2:57 PM

    @ ducksk

    Bob Ross rolls over in his grave and laughs at that sad Afro.

  20. ningenito78 says: Jun 17, 2014 3:53 PM

    No loss for MSU. This punk is going to be in prison within 4 years anyway. And Miami would do itself a favor by not bringing him in.

  21. ducksk says: Jun 17, 2014 4:48 PM

    . Notgermanflats13a38 hilarious! Bob Ross was a bad painter (no) but good fro

  22. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 17, 2014 5:14 PM

    You shut your mouth about Bob Ross! That man is a national treasure! Have you ever seen a man turn a mistake into a beautiful mountain before?


  23. atxcane says: Jun 17, 2014 6:23 PM

    Yeah I’ve had my eye on Scarlett Johansson for awhile, but that’s never gonna happen.

    I can’t think of any kids that served 60 days in jail then went on to a bcs scholarship. He should be setting his eyes on Marshall or Middle Tennessee State.

  24. canetic says: Jun 17, 2014 6:30 PM

    No way is Miami offering this kid. No way.

  25. ducksk says: Jun 17, 2014 6:41 PM

    Sorry about bob Ross comment RIP bob, it’s just personal, my mother in law “learned to paint” from the Afro painter and now the family lives with crappy paintings everywhere. I hate bad art and criminals.

  26. indi0228 says: Jun 17, 2014 6:47 PM

    Decommit? This was a case of the company letting their employee “resign”to avoid being fired.

  27. bigthymie93 says: Jun 17, 2014 7:21 PM

    He needs a jc to get his head together

  28. kando53 says: Jun 17, 2014 9:04 PM

    This is the last guy that LSU needs. But maybe Miami still likes that kind of player, lol.

  29. dg0122 says: Jun 17, 2014 9:18 PM

    LSU has been far more thuggish than the U in recent history. He’s got a pretty good rap sheet, I mean resume, so he should fit in fine around bayou country. He should be able to step his thug game up while there

  30. jackvcr says: Jun 17, 2014 11:57 PM

    Just another knucklehead turd.

  31. steve3211 says: Jun 18, 2014 2:41 AM

    Meanwhile hundreds of talented qb’s with a 4.0 gpa scattered around the country don’t get offers because they are only 5’11 or 6′ It is unbelievable how screwed up the recruiting for college football is.

  32. kosarkid says: Jun 18, 2014 6:35 PM

    Dear God please don’t let this kid come to the U. He’s not worth the trouble and the bad rep.

  33. footballnut85 says: Jun 18, 2014 7:03 PM

    Now this kid is the poster boy for a football player for The U!!!!!!!

  34. packerbadger says: Jun 19, 2014 2:09 PM

    Perfect fit for $ECheat team!

  35. packerbadger says: Jun 20, 2014 8:56 AM

    I’m taking a wild guess that he’s not the valedectorian…

  36. creeldawgster says: Jun 20, 2014 1:17 PM

    This story should be used as ammo for not paying college athletes! If this kid gets a full scholarship, its more than he deserves. Then if he plays well he will be one of those kids leading the fight for getting paid in college, when in fact he should consider himself blessed for getting a free education and a chance to be drafted. If he doesnt get a scholarship, where does he wind up? Thats a point I think all these college athletes are missing! Its very easy for them to join the fight for pay after the fact but thay forget where they would be if they hadnt got the chance to be in college in the 1st place! But I agree with increased benefits for athletes like not having to worry about food, housing, etc… But thats another subject all together.

  37. justalonewolf says: Jun 23, 2014 7:00 PM

    FSU would love him, he’d fit right in

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