There’s an old saying — something about the size of the dog in the fight not mattering all that much.
But then the subject turns from dogs to snakes, and let’s be honest: it matters.
That was the case with Donavaughn Campbell, an eye-grabbing 6-foot-4, 347-pound offensive lineman and LSU signee in the 2016 class.
The nation’s No. 6 offensive guard, Campbell has a lot of memories from his recruiting trips.
None, however, stand out as vividly as his trip to LSU, when the powerful guard was forced to show off his blazing speed when he encountered wide receiver Malachi Dupre’s pet snake.
“I remember being at LSU and Malachi had a snake,” Campbell recalled. “And everybody just ran.”
If you could give a junior one piece of advice about the recruiting progress, what would it be? The most important thing is to stay on top of your grades and remember to work hard in the weight room.
What school came in second to LSU, and what could they have done a little better? Georgia Tech. It was a great school with a great football program, but there was nothing else better then playing in front of your home state and being a LSU Tiger.
What was the most creative thing a coach did when recruiting you? Oh, just the home visits with Coach (Les) Miles and Coach O (Ed Orgeron). They are funniest coaches I’ve ever been around. They were just telling old stories from their previous years coaching.
What was the biggest rumor about you that wasn’t true at all? I don’t have any that I could recall.
What was the biggest secret you kept during your recruitment that you chose not to tell anyone? A few days before signing day, everybody was asking me where I was going. But right before I signed my letter of intent, I called my brother first.
What was the funniest thing a head coach told you in person or on the phone? I was talking to Coach Miles about a driver’s test, and he said don’t take advice about that from him because I would fail.
What was your biggest regret during the recruiting process? I guess it would be not taking my official visit to UCLA.
Which coach was it hardest to say you weren’t coming there to? My recruiting coach at Georgia Tech, Bryan Cook.
Which college would you have considered more seriously if they would have offered you a little bit earlier? Georgia Tech. They just offer great education and great football.
If you were in charge of the NCAA, what’s one rule you would change with recruiting? I would allow more than one official visit per school. Officials are fun, just being around the coaches and your future teammates.
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