With offers from last year’s BCS National Championship participants and a couple other schools, Jayru Campbell isn’t in dire need to get his name out there, but the 2015 Michigan quarterback still wanted to participate in March’s adidas Invitational at Grand Valley State.
“I really just try to compete, see where I’m at as far as other quarterbacks, to meet new people, learn new things from different coaches and really just have fun,” said the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder from Detroit power Cass Tech.
And Campbell found out he ranked pretty well, standing out among the event’s signal-callers.
“I think I did pretty good as far as competing,” he said. “There were a lot of good quarterbacks there, Jalen Brady, Gio (Rescigno) from De La Salle, Alex Mussat. There were a lot of good quarterbacks there and I had a fun time competing with them.”
He also picked up some pointers.
“I learned stuff about my release point and learned a little about my footwork with drops and stuff,” he said. “I would say I learned some things.”
Campbell has early offers from Notre Dame, Alabama, Michigan State and Eastern Michigan and has kept in contact with multiple college coaches.
“I’ve been talking to them here and there,” he said. “Coach (Chuck) Martin at Notre Dame, Coach Bobby Williams at Alabama and Coach (Mark) Dantonio from Michigan State.”
Martin has been on Campbell for almost a year now.
“He’s just been saying the same things, just keep my grades up, keep working hard and keep my head straight,” Campbell said of the Irish’s offensive coordinator.
Campbell has been high on the Irish since visiting last summer and plans on getting back, but while a group from Michigan is expected in South Bend this weekend, Campbell doesn’t have any plans to join them. He did say he wants to visit, “Hopefully soon.”
A group of his teammates made the trip to South Bend for the Irish’s game against Michigan in September, but Campbell didn’t quite feel up to it after a tough loss earlier in the day. His teammates have since teased him about what he missed.
“I wanted to go to that one,” laughed Campbell.
He hasn’t completely set his visit schedule yet, but plans on getting to camp at LSU this summer. He may get back to Notre Dame this spring, but will definitely like to return again in the fall.
“I want to go to a game to see how the stadium feels because when I went, it was for a camp,” he said. “I want to see how the fans are and the atmosphere.”
There is mutual interest between Notre Dame and 2015 Cass Tech running back Mikey Weber. Campbell and Weber haven’t ruled out attending college together.
“Me and Mikey talk about that here and there,” said Campbell. “We want to go to the same college, but only time will tell.”