COMMITTED: Catching Up With Parris Campbell

By Derek Young on February 11, 2013 at 11:15a

2014 Akron (OH) St. Vincent-St. Mary RB Parris Campbell had been wanting an Ohio State offer for as long as he could remember. When it came yesterday, he didn't take long to pull the trigger, becoming the fifth prospect in the class to give his verbal pledge to the Buckeyes.

The standout athlete joins Marcelys Jones, Damon Webb, Kyle Trout, and Lawrence Marshall as members of the newest OSU class. Campbell chose Ohio State over Tennessee, Michigan State, Indiana, and Northwestern, but more offers were certainly on the way after his state championship performance.

Campbell has speed to burnCommit #5 for the Buckeyes is ATH Parris Campbell 

Campbell busted onto the scene during that game in Massillon, where Urban Meyer and his coaches were on hand to watch the action. The talented athlete led SVSM to a title in Division III after rushing 14 times for 156 yards and 3 touchdowns, more than impressing the Buckeye boss with his big-time performance.

Ohio State appears to be looking to nail down their in-state targets early on. Jones, Trout, and now Campbell have already issued commitments, giving the staff a great start, while Dante Booker, Kyle Berger, Marshon Lattimore, and Erick Smith all have offers as well and hold the Buckeyes in high regard.

Booker and Campbell are teammates in high school, and while one offer had nothing to do with the other, the pledge from Campbell may give the Scarlet and Gray a built-in advantage in landing the elite linebacker.

Whether Booker joins the fold or not, Campbell is an excellent pickup for the Bucks and gives the program another speedster that can play multiple positions.

Join us after the jump to find out what made Campbell decide so soon to be a Buckeye, what he thought about his visit to Columbus, and what position he will be projected at when he arrives on campus.

How was the visit to Ohio State overall?

It was my second time visiting the campus. I basically had already seen and done everything before. I just love it. 

You had not yet been reported to have an Ohio State offer yet. Did it come on the visit?

Yeah, I received the offer from the coaches this past weekend. They've been telling me they wanted me to be a Buckeye for a while now, but today was when I received that actual official offer.

It was a scenario in which you practically committed on the spot then. What made you decide so soon that Ohio State was the place for you?

Yeah, it took me about 10 seconds to tell them I was committing once they told me I had an official offer. Being a Buckeye is a dream come true. I've wanted this ever since I was a little kid.

What coaches were the most influential from Ohio State during your process so far?

Coach Vrabel is who I have the best relationship with. He is my main recruiter and I trust him, and feel comfortable having him as my guy. And just like everyone else, playing for Urban Meyer is just something you can't turn away from.

Did you know any of the other commits in the class before the visit?

I didn't really on a personal basis. I knew about Kyle [Trout] and [Lawrence] Marshall committing also. I've talked to all four now. We're on a mission just like the last class was. I'll do my part and recruit as well, especially Dante [Booker].

What position is the staff tabbing you as? 

They're recruiting me as an athlete at the moment, which is totally fine with me. I just want to do whatever I can to see the field and put on the scarlet and gray.



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shortbus20's picture

A great attitude and a welcome addition. Love the new guys who want to recruit.

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VABuckeyeInsanity's picture

Seems like a great kid.  Love his willingness to recruit and help out wherever.  I love getting kids that are great and want to be a Buckeye!

CanadianBuckeye's picture

One of my favoirte things in new recruits is seeing those who want to be a BUCKEYE.  Its awesome to play for Meyer no doubt and everyone wants to compete at the highest level, but its cool to see those who you can just tell are life long fans achieving the dream of playing for their home team. 
Welcome aboard Parris!

fansince1968's picture

Welcome to the Buckeyes!

AndyVance's picture

Definitely loving the idea that the early commits see themselves as "extra" recruiters for the staff, and definitely love the "I just want to do whatever I can to see the field and put on the scarlet and gray," attitude. Awesome.

DMcDougal24's picture

Welcome Parris. Being an Akron man myself, I need to go check out the St. V football team next season. Between Booker, Campbell, and Newman Williams they are going to be a joy to watch.

buck-I.8's picture

I might be a little biased, but SVSM is fun to watch year in and year out. I've been going to games at Cistone Field since I was in 7th grade

rkylet83's picture

Sounds like a great kid.  If he's only 6-0 175 he must be wearing a ton of pads and elevator shoes.  He looks a lot bigger than that!

jackson's picture

 a recent article say 6"1 now by his coach

d1145fresh's picture

It is also crazy to think he is only 16/17 years old. He could easily be a couple inches taller and about 200 lbs by the time he walks onto campus. 

labuck's picture

Actually something I read yesterday is that he is only 15 and will be 16 in July.

Codeezy's picture

What? He's only 15? That's a young junior.

Grayskullsession's picture

3 words: Game.Breaking.Speed

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dubjayfootball90's picture

selfless attitude, putting the team first and allowing his play to determine his position. Hope he excels.
Welcome aboard, good sir. Buckeye Nation is happy you are in the fold!

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FLBuckeye's picture

Does anyone know where a good highlight video of him can be found? I can't seem to find one on youtube.

Cdrone92's picture

Go Irish, and Go Bucks! Especially as a good friend of Coach Boarman, that's awesome!

"If we worked half as hard as our band, we'd be champions."

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buckeyestu's picture

more speed, yes, fantastic. has always wanted to be a buckeye, welcome to the buckeyes.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

NICE attitude!!! A burner with a great desire to play for the Buckeyes!  Welcome aboard the Buckeye Nation Paris!!!

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2002osubuck's picture

I really like the quote about all four wanting to be like last years class and recruit more guys. That'd be great if marshall got McDowell and Harris to both come to the good guys. Can you imagine mich fans will go absolutely nuts. Once the Georgia boys start committing spots are gonna fill real fast and with top players. I thought 2012 was good then 2013 happened now I think 2014 might be even better. its gonna be a really good 4-5 years.