It was never a matter of if, but when for Jalen Campbell.
Jalen Campbell started to get a lot of attention after winning MVP at the Rivals/Under Armour combine in Houston.
He knew he wanted to commit to Texas. He knew he didn't want to do it over the phone and wanted to be able to sit down with Mack Brown and Duane Akina and tell them in a face-to-face meeting that he wanted to play for them.
After plenty of internal debating and some conversations with his family, Campbell decided that the prime opportunity to pull the trigger was on Saturday before the Longhorns spring game.
“I wanted to commit to the coaches in-person, and if I didn't do it then the next chance I would have would have been this summer at the camp,” Campbell said. “I couldn't wait to sit down and tell Coach Brown and Coach Akina I was coming.”
The cornerback from Corpus Christi Flour Bluff became the third verbal commitment in the class of 2015 for the Longhorns. After being offered at the sophomore day on March 23, there was no doubt in Campbell's mind that his best choice had already presented itself.
“They've always been my No. 1 school,” Campbell said. “LSU was the first school that sent me anything, so they were up there. Once Texas offered, they were my childhood favorite and the offer put them over the top.”
Campbell went from an unknown to hot commodity seemingly overnight after his performance at the Rivals/Under Armour combine in Houston recently. There will likely be other schools who will try and get a foot in the door with Campbell, but they'd just be wasting their time.
Campbell doesn't need a no visit policy to tell him what he should and shouldn't do. His decision to give the Longhorns his word is final.
“My family is loyal,” Campbell said. “Coach Brown didn't even need to explain it to me. My family wouldn't have let me commit anywhere unless I was 100-percent sure that's where I wanted to be.
“I'm done,” he added. “I'm through with recruiting and it's a relief that it's over and I'm committed to Texas.”
Corpus Christi is more known for being the home of USS Lexington as opposed to being the home of big-time football prospects. Texas' recruitment of Campbell has created a buzz around the city and made him a local celebrity.
“A lot of people down here never even get a D-I look, let alone an offer from Texas,” Campbell said. “Everybody down here likes Texas, and from the time I got the offer it's been a big deal to my friends, my family and everyone at school.”
This weekend Campbell will put his skills on display for the first time as a Longhorn commit at the Nike Football Training Camp in Dallas. If this camp showing is anything like his most recent, the buzz around Campbell could be at a fever pitch by the end of the weekend.
“I had no idea things were going to get that big,” Campbell said. “After I got the MVP I was doing an interview and everyone kept telling me that this was just the beginning. It's been crazy for the past two weeks.”
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