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Recruiting on the South Plains | 2013 JUCO DT Demetrius Campbell Commits to Texas Tech

Texas Tech received a somewhat of a surprise commitment from East Los Angeles College DT Demetrius Campbell.


PLAYER: Demetrius Campbell

POSITION: Defensive Tackle
HEIGHT: 6'5"
JUCO: East Los Angeles College (Monterey Park, CA)
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.6 | Scout | ESPN 68 | 24/7 Sports 88
VTM PROFILE DATE: July 25, 2013

OFFERS | A little bit of difference between the services. Rivals only has Campbell with offers from Boise St., Florida Atlantic, Memphis, Portland St., South Florida, TCU, Texas St., UTSA and W. Kentucky. Scout adds Eastern Michigan, San Jose St., UAB, and Tulsa. 24/7 Sports adds Arkansas, Oregon St, Washington St., West Virginia, and Florida Atlantic. ESPN adds Arizona and Michigan St. So there you go, there's a lot of variation going on here.

STATS | 45 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and one glorious forced fumble (thanks to JCFootball and link below).

THE PLAYER SPEAKS | Credit goes to JCFootball for talking with Campbell about choosing Texas Tech:

"Things picked up with Texas Tech back in May when coach (Matt) Wallerstedt talked to me and said they had a spot opening up since Delvon Simmons was transferring and they needed someone for this fall," Campbell told "I was getting a lot of offers, from mainly mid-major type schools, and I was going to wait things out and just see how it kinda went, but then I started thinking that I just wanted to be part of what they were doing there and there was a great chance to get some playing time right away."

The article details how Campbell originally signed with west Virginia coming out of high school from Florida, but didn't qualify and went the JUCO route. Campbell also apparently didn't sign during national signing day because of grades, so this is a bit of a risk to make sure that Campbell remains qualified. Campbell detailed below that he's going to report on August 1st so it sounds like he's in for at least this fall semester.

SCOUTING REPORT | So here's what we know, which is that I do think that Campbell is a beast of a man. He's huge and I think the size is legitimate. I don't know what that means and where Campbell will play, but he's big enough to play tackle, but probably too tall to play inside. Either way, Texas Tech really needs some help along the line. Campbell did a really good job of putting together his film, shows him at end and tackle and lined up in a few different spots, which is good for Texas Tech.

Campbell is pretty light on his feet, especially for a guy his size.

That's right, you just watched a large human do a back flip.

There's a bit from the Hudl video at the 2:00 mark where the ball is loose and he's just running after and gains some pretty good speed. Campbell does a pretty good job of staying at home on various plays, but he's also prone to get up the field a bit too quick. Still, it's good to have an aggressive player from that perspective. Campbell can play right away, especially because of the depth issues at defensive tackle and defensive line. This is a welcome commitment and as someone that doesn't have a subscription, an incredibly good surprise.

And remember the glorious forced fumble mentioned above?

Demetrius, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!