July 19, 2012

Spartans offer JUCO DT

With the expected graduation of both staring defensive tackles after the 2012 season (Anthony Rashad-White and Tyler Hoover), Head Coach Mark Dantonio and his staff are looking at the Junior College ranks for an instant impact player. One of the prospects they have their sights set on is Demetrius Campbell of East Los Angeles College in California. SpartanMag.com caught up with him and got some details on his recruitment.

"Right now I am 6-foot-4, 280-pounds," Campbell said. "I currently have 15 scholarship offers. I will graduate in December and I will have 3 years to play 2. I plan on playing spring ball wherever I sign."

Campbell's offer list is impressive. In addition to Michigan State, he also holds scholarships from other high-level programs such as Arkansas, Nebraska, Boise State, West Virginia and TCU. Campbell made his way out to California after playing his high school football in Florida. He indicated to us that location is not a big factor in his recruitment and he is very focused on what he is looking for in a college.

"Well I know I can get a good education at any of the schools that have offered me because I know they all have the resources there for me to take advantage of," he said. "I will be looking mainly at playing time, the coaching I will get, the potential to play in the NFL and of course a place that makes me feel like I am home."

The Spartans have had a lot of success over the years with JUCO defensive lineman. In recent years players like Domata Peko, Ogemdi Nwagbuo and Ervin Baldwin have all made the transition to Michigan State and then went on to have careers in the NFL. Anthony Rashad-White will also likely get the same opportunity next year.

The Spartans do not target a lot of JUCO players like other programs. Head Coach Mark Dantonio is much more selective when it comes to signing JUCO players that his predecessor John L. Smith was. Much of that has to do with the success of the team and the stability of the coaching staff. The JUCO players Coach Dantonio has signed during his tenure have often been asked to play right away. The most recent example is offensive tackle Fou Fonoti. His addition in 2011 was key to the teams success last year.

As far as Michigan State and the possibility of visiting Campbell had the following to say.

"Coach Ted Gill has been doing much of the recruiting so far," Campbell stated. "I know they want me to come up there and be a Jerel Worthy type of player after adding some more size and experience. I know I am visiting West Virginia and UTSA. I also plan on visiting Michigan State and Nebraska. I am also looking at Georgia Tech, Maryland, TCU, Georgia and Florida."

Campbell is one of 2 JUCO defensive tackles the Spartans have offered for the class of 2013. The fact that the staff has offered them this early indicates that they are very serious about adding a mid-year player to the class of 2013. Scholarships are very tight and it will likely be a situation where the player that gets out to East Lansing and visits first will have the inside track to becoming a member of the Green and White.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow the recruitment of Campbell as it unfolds this fall.

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