Middle Creek High football quarterback David Salmon can sense a new level of excitement around the Campbell University football program and he wants to be a part of it.
Salmon, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior, announced his commitment to the Camels on Wednesday. Salmon passed for 3,300 yards and 36 touchdowns last fall while leading the Mustangs to an 11-2 finish. He also rushed for six touchdowns.
Middle Creek’s only losses were to Garner and Leesville Road.
“With the coaching change, there is a lot of energy and excitement around the program at Campbell,” Salmon said. “I want to be there, be a part of it and help build the program.”
Campbell hired former Carolina Panther Mike Minter to succeed former Camels coach Dale Steele.
“There is a new energy,” Salmon said. “The community and school is excited.”
Middle Creek coach Mike Castellano said Salmon would be a phenomenal college player.
“Campbell is getting a steal,” Castellano said. “David is a great young man and a natural leader. He is smart and will learn and improve every day in practice.”
Salmon has an overall grade point average of 4.2 and is interested in the Campbell law program.
Minter retained former Campbell quarterback coach Landon Mariani and that was a factor in Salmon’s decision.
“Coach Mariani had been recruiting me,” Salmon said. “I am really comfortable with him and he is going to be the offensive coordinator next year.
“I want to compete for the starting job next year and help build something great.”