Parents: Denise and John Campbell
Height, Weight: 6-foot-5, 240 pounds
High School: West Johnston
Also considered: Lenoir-Rhyne, Tusculum
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Why UNCP? “I feel really good about the decision. I really connected with the players and the people at the school on my official visit. They really made me feel like I was at home.”
Major: Criminal Justice
Notable: Sam is a two-time all Greater Neuse River 4A Conference defensive end, who also played right guard and right tackle for the Wildcats. ... He helped a traditionally struggling program to playoff berths as a freshman and a senior. ... One of the state’s top wrestlers, he was state 4A runner-up at 220 as a junior with two conference titles and a 119-30 career mark. ... He competes in the discus, shot and sprint relays in outdoor track and was second in GNRC in discus last season. ... “I need to improve in every aspect of my game to compete in college,” Campbell said.
West Johnston coach Jimmy Williams: “Sam’s character makes him a great recruit, and he’s got plenty of natural ability. I think Pembroke has snagged a very good athlete but even a better person.”
Compiled by Mike Potter