Alabama offers Jayru Campbell

Submitted by ChuckWood on June 16th, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Jayru is a 2015 Cass Tech QB prospect.  

Per Andrew Bone and DGdestroys.

Two and a half years until he will sign his letter of intent, anyone have thoughts on him?  I know we will eventually offer.  Can he play other positions? The kids got great hair.



June 17th, 2012 at 2:49 PM ^

It's not that I (or others) are sensitive about dogging local recruits. I dont really care if you do or not. I am merely commenting on the stupidity of calling a freshman kind of terrible. Most people havnt finished or even started puberty at that age. He is going to develop. Maybe he won't be an elite recruit but an evaluation now is premature, especially a negative one.


June 16th, 2012 at 9:02 PM ^

And not to mention that he didn't start the game, he subbed in when the starter tore his ACL. So in all likelihood he didn't take many first-team reps all week either.

Oh, and that game was before Labor Day, so he hadn't actually set foot in high school as a freshman yet.

He seemed to look pretty decent when they throttled DCC in the state championship game though...


June 16th, 2012 at 7:23 PM ^

I don't know whether he can play other positions or not, but it looks like he can play quarterback, so I'm not sure that matters very much.  He's got a pretty good arm and doesn't panic in the pocket.  He seems to have a pretty good head on his shoulders for being only 15 years old.


June 16th, 2012 at 7:29 PM ^

I've only seen O'Connor in a camp setting, so it's tough to say.  O'Connor looks like he's got the physical tools, but that's all I can really say about him.  

One of the best things about Campbell, I think, is his ability to keep his eyes downfield when the pocket breaks down.  A lot of young quarterbacks will just take off and run when they get pressure.  Plus, if Campbell continues to develop physically, I think he's going to have a cannon for an arm.

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June 16th, 2012 at 7:23 PM ^

Does Michigan try to target 2015 Canadian QB Michael O'Connor who is a better fit for our offense at the same time?  O'Connor has already picked up 4-5 offers this week and supposedly camping at Michigan next week.  Just seems way to early to offer a QB especially when most schools only take one QB a year...

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June 17th, 2012 at 11:20 PM ^

Please enlighten me.

As I said below: O'Connor's film is better today--he has the stronger and quicker release along with more polished footwork, thus making him a better fit today for Borges' offense.  Stress on the word today.  Will that be the case 3 years from now, I don't know, but O'Connor's tape today looks like a upperclassman HS QB. Campbell's tape is extremely impressive for a freshman as well, but I don't think it's at the level of O'Connor's.  I don't know who will develop better over the next 3 years.  Both will probably end up as BCS level QBs, and the point I was making is that it would be hard to try decide today who would project better in 2015.

By the way, reports from Scout today had O'Connor as the most impressive underclassman (2014 & 2015) player in Michigan's camp today.

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June 16th, 2012 at 7:37 PM ^

O'Connor has the stronger and more accurate arm and looks to be a better fit for Borges at this time.  Campbell is more of a project in my opinion.  If you were deciding today based on the film, I think O'Connor definitely looks more suited to a pro style offense.  Obviously both are young, but if you had to take one today, I think it would be O'Connor.

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June 16th, 2012 at 8:07 PM ^

O'Connor's tools for a freshman who has been playing the game for such a short time are pretty amazing.  True, O'Connor is playing a lower level of competition, but he also doesn't play with the level of skill position that Campbell gets at Cass (arguably the best in the state and possibly Midwest).  The only point I was making is that it just seems awfully early to offer a QB considering how few teams carry on the roster and significance they play in a team's success.

Unlike Bama, I'm not sure Hoke will be as ruthless as Saban in roster management.  I hope Campbell considers the high transfer rate for QBs at Alabama (Star Jackson & Phillip Sims) in the last 4 years.

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June 16th, 2012 at 9:51 PM ^

Again, I was only making the point that it is really dangerous to offer (commitable, whatever that means today) a 2015 QB a scholarship this early, and Michigan may be forced to make a difficult decision if we are pushed to start pursuing a 2015 QB this summer.  Because you can rarely take more than one QB a class (and sometimes the elite QBs don't even want to follow one), it is much more dangerous to miss on QB recruiting.

If you are going to offer a 2015 QB today, I would rather take the more polished one in my opinion.  I am not saying Campbell will not be a great QB.  I am just saying he has more developing to do at this time.


June 17th, 2012 at 10:41 AM ^

Shane Morris should be a redshirt junior for the 2016 season. We'll take 3-5 QBs before that season starts, none of whom will have a chance of uprooting Morris. If Campbell gets his offer tomorrow and commits, he'd still be in competition with 2 other guys at minimum. If he doesn't pan out, oh well. If he does, Saban loses. That's a win-win imo.


June 16th, 2012 at 7:39 PM ^

I realize the recruiting/cfb climate we're in now, but doesn't it seem absurd that these kids are getting offered and so heavily scouted at such a young age?  I'm not that old (at least I don't think so, maybe I'm wrong) so it's not a "get off my lawn type" thing, but I think it's strange.  I know I wasn't capable of handling that type of scrutiny at 14/15 years old.


June 16th, 2012 at 7:45 PM ^

I think what you're going to see is more early commitments...and more decommitments.  It is pretty ridiculous that a ninth grade football player is already being offered a scholarship (and that David Sills kid was offered as a seventh grader), but recruiting is constantly evolving and there's nothing binding about a scholarship offer (or commitment) before August 1 of a kid's senior year.


June 16th, 2012 at 7:56 PM ^

Ridiculous is the word Magnus, for sure, at least in my eyes.  The 7th grader is even more ridiculous.  At some point, are childhoods going to even exist for these kids?

I want M to get the best players that we can get and to win the head to head battles vs. the big schools that we compete against.  But cfb recruiting is heading down a weird path, and I don't think it's stopping anytime soon.  I know it doesn't seem like that big a problem today, but will the NCAA step in?


June 17th, 2012 at 9:07 AM ^

While what you say is true, look at how much the sport has evolved in the last 10 to 15 years. Between camps and 7 on 7s, players have more opportunities to showcase their skills. Recruiting sites and blogs make millions evaluating and rating players. Everyone can have a highlight tape on youtube and with the power of the internet, the exposure of all of these things is much larger than it was a decade ago.

As for committing early, I know that if I was a highly-sought recruit that had an offer from Michigan, I would have committed as soon as I could.


June 16th, 2012 at 8:35 PM ^

Well, nothing's "binding" on August 1.  I guess that was a poor choice of words.  Sometimes kids are "verbally" offered before August 1 (or what used to be September 1), but then the official written offer never comes.  That's all I really meant.


June 16th, 2012 at 7:45 PM ^

Does he actually have an offer? I believe Campbell reported and ND as well as Toledo(?) offer to the services, but upon further clarification from his head coach, he did not actually have an offer. If this is a real offer, I wonder if it is one of those 'get off my turf' message offers (coming so early) to the UM coaches considering Scarborough is visiting us soon.