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.”