6-0/190 Cheyenne (North Las Vegas) defensive back DJ Campbell will be heading to Berkeley next fall. The speedy (4.48 forty) and athletic Campbell continues the trend of the Bears adding quick, athletic and versatile players to the Cal roster, that can play either corner or safety. Campbell also played quarterback for the Dessert Shield as well.
Campbell has been on the Cal radar since early in the season but only recently received his offer from the Bears.
“Cal offered me probably about two weeks ago,” said Campbell. “Before that, Cal and Michigan were my top two teams but Michigan hasn’t been recruiting me as hard lately so they kind of fell off with me.
I just looked over the whole picture with education and style of play along with future playing time. I also looked at the weather over in Michigan and compared them to Cal and that was something to consider, too.
“Man, my relationship with (Cal DB) Coach Littlejohn and (Special Teams/TE) Coach Alamar is great,” said Campbell. I like both of them. Talking with them on the phone, they just seem like real cool people. That was another big reason I was interested in Cal. I always liked Cal even before my recruitment, just based on education. But with Coach Littlejohn and Coach Alamar there, too, I just can’t wait to take my official visit (on December 8) and meet them in person. (Saratoga WR) Alex Lagemann will be there, too. He seems like a real cool guy.”
Campbell’s Cheyenne team just completed their season, losing in their conference championship game, finishing 8-4.
“I twisted my ankle in the first series and I couldn’t play much after that,” said Campbell. “Then after that, things just kind of shut down and we lost 37-0.”
With the athletic Campbell playing such a big role at both quarterback and db, the Dessert Shield couldn’t get things going on either side of the ball.
At QB, Campbell threw for 8 tds and ran for 4 more along with 560 yards on the ground. On defense, he had 61 tackles, 6 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and 3 recovered fumbles.
Asked about his coverage style, Campbell commented:
“I consider myself kind of a combo between a tight cover back and a big hitter. But if I had to narrow it down, I’m more of an in-your-face type of DB. I played safety this year but I played corner in my sophomore and junior years. At Cal, they’ll decide where I fit best when I get into camp.”
Campbell put up some impressive numbers on the track and in combines, with a 10.7 100 in a Cheyenne dual meet last spring, a 4.48 forty in the NAT Combine in Las Vegas and a camp-best vertical at the LA Nike Combine this summer of 39 inches, the top mark amongst the 500 or so participants. Campbell also had an impressive shuttle time of 4.25, again one of the best marks on the day.
“My trainer (former UNLV RB Mike Waters with Phase 1 Sports) told me what it was going to be like, but I’d never seen so many players that played outside of Las Vegas,” said Campbell. “It was good for me to see how I stacked up against so many good athletes.
“I always heard how good the athletes in California were and how Las Vegas doesn’t have such good athletes, so it was good to be able to go out there and put Las Vegas sports on the map,” concluded Campbell.”
Campbell was also offered by Arizona State and was scheduled to visit on November 25th, but cancelled his visit after his commitment to Cal.
Campbell is Scout.com's #3 rated prospect in Nevada.