In-state athlete Jarek Campbell still holds Tennessee on top, hopes to play ‘D’
The Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) High product, who plans to switch from receiver to defensive back this spring, holds Tennessee as his leader, with a college decision coming as soon as this summer.
“The coaches show me a lot of love,” Campbell said Saturday after UT’s first Junior Day of 2017.
“They treat you as a family. They say they’ll have your back when you’re here and I believe them.”
The Vols were the first program to offer Campbell, and Memphis, Kentucky and South Carolina are also battling for the 5-foot-11, 195-pound prospect. Campbell openly acknowledged the allure of representing his home state at the next level.
“I do like the idea of staying in-state, staying close to home so my family and friends can come watch me play,” Campbell said.
“That’s one thing that Coach (Butch) Jones said today, that if all the guys stayed in Tennessee then we would be playing against all the good guys in Florida and all the good guys in Georgia.”
Campbell spent time with Tennessee assistants Bob Shoop, Charlton Warren and Zach Azzanni on Saturday, as the Vols are currently recruiting the state’s No. 25 prospect as an athlete. He said he’s unsure whether Tennessee sees him as a receiver or defensive back, but Campbell prefers playing defense in college after recently making the switch.
“My coaches think that’s the best opportunity for me,” he explained. “I’m starting to like defense a lot better now. It’s just playing football. I’ve always been fast, so me being quick is also a good transition for me going to safety.”
Campbell hopes to commit before his senior season, and he’ll camp with the Vols again over the summer.
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