A big get for head coach Clay Helton and his staff, the USC Trojans got their man in Texas, receiving the verbal commitment from 2021 4-star running back Brandon Campbell.
#RunBC — we can get behind that.
Campbell was supposed to be on an unofficial visit to the USC campus this past weekend but thanks to coronavirus, he was unable to do so.
Fortunately for the Trojan faithful, it didn’t matter because Campbell already knew what he wanted. In an interview with Rivals.com, Campbell said he had a lot of reasons for choosing USC:
“For one, they didn’t take a running back in the class of 2020. I feel like it’s a good situation for me coming in as an early enrollee in January of next year. I feel like I’ll give myself the best opportunity to play as a true freshman, and another thing was that the education is almost second to none. It’s shortly under Ivy League and that type of stuff. That was a big part for my parents and me as well — they liked to see it was going to be a good education and not only football. And really the last thing for me was just the media exposure — I feel it can’t get any better than Cali. It’s an easy transition from a big city to another, from Houston to LA, so I feel it’s just the perfect fit for me and I feel like I’ll fit in pretty well there.”
All of those aforementioned reasons certainly do ring true when you list them that way, Brandon. He also told Rivals that it was clear to him that USC was the right school.
Campbell finds himself as a four-star recruit from Rivals and a three-star recruit from 247Sports. The latter service, who produces a composite ranking for every recruit, also has him as a four-star composite.
He’s been compared to Karan Higdon, formerly of Michigan, and finished last season as a first-team all-district selection at Pearland High School in Katy, Texas. He has a verified 4.58 40-yard dash time and even had the second-highest SPARQ score (126.33) in the country for his class.
He played his sophomore season at Taylor High School, also in Katy and 247Sports’ scouting report by Gabe Brooks gave his writeup on Campbell:
Typical running back build with above average bulk relative to average height. Not the frame of a big back but enough space to get to 200-plus with relative ease. Athletic playmaker with impressive verified speed and agility (4.58 40, 4.07 shuttle). Shows good burst when he decides to plant and go. Limited pass-catching opportunities out of the backfield have been encouraging, particularly downfield. Shows enough close-quarters wiggle to make a defender miss. A bit hesitant at times. Can become a more decisive runner and set up blocks better. Bona fide Power 5-caliber running back prospect among the best in Texas in a strong cycle at the position.
We can take a look at his first three games from this past season with ease, thanks to our friends at Hudl:
Campbell represents the fourth 4-star recruit already committed to the class of 2021 as he joins QB Jake Garcia (La Habra), DT Jay Toia (Grace Brethren) and LB Ma’a Gaoteote (St. John Bosco) as well as Mason Murphy (JSerra Catholic), a three-star tackle commit.
Welcome to the family, Brandon. #FightOn!