June 12, 2014 at 11:39 pm

Recruit Campbell regrets 'terrible' mistake, will reveal college plans soon

Harper Woods — Detroit Cass Tech High quarterback Jayru Campbell admits he made a regrettable mistake but is moving on with his life.

And apparently with his college football future.

Campbell, who had been committed to Michigan State, must turn himself into the Wayne County Jail on July 28 after being charged with assault on a school security office. The incident, which happened earlier this year, was caught on video. Campbell was sentenced to 60 days in jail, probation and community service.

He spoke to a small group of reporters Thursday after the first day of the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp at Chandler Park Academy and said he will reveal details of his football future Monday on Channel 7.

“You will see where I’m at in the recruitment process,” Campbell said.

The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder had been committed to Michigan State’s 2015 class. He is not included among the Spartans commitments by the major recruiting services.

But, Campbell wouldn’t budge on details about his future and whether it includes Michigan State.

“I can’t say,” Campbell said, smiling.

Is there a change in direction regarding where he will play?

“I don’t know,” he said. “You’ve got to stay tuned. I think everything happens for a reason. A couple schools looked out at me even if I didn’t go to Michigan State. Everything is good.”

Campbell says “what happened, happened.”

After returning to Cass Tech, he said there were some who didn’t think he should be there, but many were in his corner. He said the response from college coaches has been positive.

“Some coaches definitely know that everybody is not going to go through their life on a clean path — everybody is going to mess up,” Campbell said.

“I can promise any coach that’s willing to take me that you’re going to get a hard worker you’re going to get a natural-born leader, and you’re going to get somebody who just wants to win and is not going to stop until he accomplishes his goals.”

In the last several months since the incident, Campbell said he has grown closer to God.

“I just think everything happens for a reason,” he said. “Even if a bad situation, you can always learn from it. In bad situations, I try to look at what good can come from it.

“It was a terrible mistake. If I could go back, I would definitely, definitely, definitely handle the situation totally different.”

Campbell said he was shocked how public the incident became after the video was so widely shared and viewed. He also said he has maintained a solid relationship with the Michigan State coaches.

“I was surprised it was nationally out there,” he said. “It was all a crazy scene.”

Griffith watches his son

Howard Griffith, the former Illinois running back and two-time Super Bowl champion now an analyst for the Big Ten Network, was at the camp watching his son.

Houston Griffith will be a ninth grader and was participating with the defensive backs.

“I don’t push him,” Griffith said. “I’ve told him, ‘I’ll do what I can do to put you into those situations to see. I’ll put you in the position.’ ”

Griffith sees plenty of upside in his son’s ability. “He’s a better athlete than I am,” he said.

LSU coach Les Miles was at the camp to watch his son, Manny, a quarterback.



Detroit Cass Tech quarterback Jayru Campbell throws the ball Thursday at the Sound Mind Sound Body Football Academy. / David Guralnick / Detroit News