IN THE HUDDLE: Jeremy Campbell

Jeremy Campbell, PORT ORANGE SPRUCE CREEK

When checking out camps and combines throughout the summer, the one thing you have to remember – this is Florida, and it's not unusual to find unheard of D-1A talent popping up each and every day. Here's yet another athlete who is considered to be more than a rising star!

During the summer and into the season, www.floridakids.us will bring you our IN THE HUDDLE segments with football players throughout the state of Florida.

These are similar to the evaluations we pass on to the hundreds of colleges who visit our website, call us on the phone and correspond via e-mail.

Here is another top football player to keep an eye on this season – and beyond.

PLAYER: Jeremy Campbell
POSITION: OLB/WR/QB
SCHOOL: Port Orange Spruce Creek
HEIGHT: 6-2
WEIGHT: 214
40 SPEED: 4.5
HEAD COACH: Jared Zito
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If you look back throughout the past 15-20 years, there are always football players, in the state of Florida, who jump out at you because of what they represent to their respective teams.

During the tremendous run by the Hawks a year ago, there were a number of quality football players who helped to pave the way, but was there a better all around football player on the team than Campbell? Probably not. In fact, this is someone who can make a difference at every position he plays.

At a recent 7-on-7 event that I attended, Campbell was simply impressive. No matter where he lined up, he made an impact. I don't think I've ever been around an athlete who could play corner back, receiver, linebacker, safety and quarterback and play them all very well.

"He's the cornerstone of this team," said Zito. "He can lineup at several positions and play them all very well. He is respected and understands what needs to be done."

STRENGTHS: Let me break down Campbell by positions. First of all, he will be an outside linebacker at the next level. At that position, he has the quickness, football instincts and athletic ability to make plays. Watch for the ball, and you'll see Campbell right next to it. It's a knack of knowing how to play the game of football.

I also like what he does as a strong safety. With his speed and awareness on the field, he makes things happen. The same can be said for his abilities as a receiver where his large frame and athletic skills give him a tremendous advantage.

As a quarterback, he gives the Hawks a tremendous boost as he can run, is tough to bring down when you do catch him and can throw the ball well.


In The Huddle With Campbell
WHAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON: As a linebacker, he still needs to understand that dropping back to cover on passing plays goes hand-in-hand with the position. His run support is outstanding, but he also needs to know that he is just one of 11 players on that field who has to work together to make a difference.

OVERALL: Yet another football player that was overlooked much of the spring and into the summer. Here is yet an emerging player who has to be recognized as a top 100 performer sometime during the next few months.

COLLEGES ON THE HORIZON: Take your pick. While they have watched him at camps and at practice, some schools of hinted that in the fall, he will be watched closely.

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