2013 NFL draft prospect linebacker Jordan Campbell from New Mexico Highlands University is next year’s class best kept secret. Campbell has the work ethic and intangibles that remind you of Tim Tebow. His physical style of play reminds you of Ray Lewis. This guy has the talent to be the next Ray Lewis in the NFL. I’m calling it right now. Campbell is a must get in next year’s draft. Campbell’s story and drive is exactly what Bill Belichick looks for in players. Campbell started his college career at USC as one of the top linebackers in the country to sign with them. When he got his shot to play at USC he recorded a team high in tackles but suffered a season ending ankle injury. Not to long after that USC’s scandal came out and the sanctions to keep USC out of bowl games for four years hit the Trojans. Campbell decided to transfer to Louisville after that but had sit out the season due to the transfer. While he was there his grandmother got sick and he felt like he needed to be back home close to his family so he went back home. That’s where he decided to go to New Mexico Highlands University that is located in Las Vegas.He is a hard working guy with a lot to prove. While at NMHU he broke the single season tackles for loss record with 28.5. He even added a record tying for longest punt in RMAC for an 89 yard punt. I recently had a chance to interview Jordan Campbell.
Q: What is something all NFL Scouts need to know about Jordan Campbell?
Campbell: I have already been able to play for four NFL coaches and two linebacker coaches from the NFL. I understand NFL schemes and I’am able to adapt to NFL plans.
Q: What did you learn from Pete Caroll during your time at USC and from Charlie Strong while at Louisville ?
Campbell: Pete Caroll taught me how to play and execute at a high level and practice fast. He ran his practices like NFL practices and brought an NFL practice program. Charlie Strong was a in your face SEC type coaching. He demands alot out of his players and toughness. He taught me how to play tough and physical.
Q: What made you pick New Mexico Highlands University?
Campbell: It was close to my home in California for one. Wanted to challenge myself and do something special. New Mexico Highlands University was ranked the worst football team in its division. Ranked 142/142. I wanted to help make them good and do something that had never been done there and give them a winning season. This past season we accomplished that finishing the season 8-2 and that was the first time that was done since 1998.
Q: In your opinion what was the best thing you accomplished during your college football career?
Campbell: One was signing to USC. That year I signed it was rated the number one draft class in the nation and I was happy to be apart of that. The other is while at New Mexico Highlands University breaking the single season record for tackles for losses in 2011 with 28.5 TFL’S.
Q: Your work ethic is off the chart and your drive to be successful is incredible. What is it that drives you?
Campbell: I spent my whole life working hard. I owe a lot to my dad who was like a position coach for me. My dream was to go to the same high school as my dad and win a championship their and I did. Signing with USC was another dream and I did that. Going from a D1 school to a D2 school I knew I would have to work harder then ever before to be able to make the dream of going into the NFL a reality. I got even more motivated to finish off my dream and turn NMHU around and make it into the NFL.
Q: What is your biggest strength as a linebacker?
Campbell: Experience and knowledge. I got to play on the same team with five future first round draft picks like Clay Matthews, Rey Maualuga, and Brian Cushing. And I was playing for Pete Carroll. I was able to pick there brain and I was like a sponge gathering up information. I can dissect plays before the snaps and be a field general.
Q: What could you bring to the New England Patriots?
Campbell: I would be able to fit the scheme in New England that they run on defense. I’d be like a field general for them and fly around from sideline to sideline. Fit in with the team and be dependable.
Q: The Patriots need a linebacker that can drop into coverage. How good in coverage are you?
Campbell: I’m good in coverage. I think the fact that I’m an undersized linebacker it helps me to move around fast a lot better. My athleticism and experience of playing on the offense also helps me to do good in coverage in recognizing passing lanes.
Q: What are you most proud of in life ?
Campbell: My ability to face adversity. Going from the best school in the country that was ranked number one when I was there to the worst school in division 2 and help making them good. Becoming a two time All American during my time at NMHU.
Q: You have a clothing line called Circle of Success. Can you tell me about that?
Campbell: It is a company we started a few years ago. It was during the time I was going through all this stuff. We wanted to caption how we felt and put it on shirts. Its a daily reminder to become successful and surround ourselves around people that are hard working and working for the same goal as us to become successful.
Check out Jordan Campbell’s highlight video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DgDePoVAjk&feature=youtu.be
Check out Jordan Campbell’s workout video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHXi_dzVn3Y&feature=youtu.be
You can follow Jordan Campbell on twitter here: https://twitter.com/37winnerscircle
You can also check out his Circle of Success clothing line here : http://www.circleofsuccesscalifornia.com/