Hutchison Community College outside linebacker, De’Vondre Campbell took an official visit to Manhattan, Kansas this past weekend. He had offers on the table from Texas, Texas A&M, Minnesota and Tennessee and had visited all but A&M, but he must have liked what he saw at Kansas State. Who could find fault with that?
At 6’5″ and 224 pounds, the Fort Myers, Florida native had originally aligned himself with the Volunteers back in May but decommitted in December after Tennessee fired head coach Derek Dooley. 247Sports.com had him ranked solidly in their JUCO Top-100 at #69 while ESPN had him just outside their JUCO Top-100.
After redshiting his first year with Hutch, he registered 78 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 1 interception (that he returned for a touchdown) and also broke up four passes in 2012.
While he will need to hit the weights to add bulk and strength to his frame, Campbell receives high marks for his instincts, pass rush ability, lateral movement and overall range on the football field.
He’s far from a finished product but should still be able to have an impact quickly for the Wildcats and he has three years of eligibility remaining. Considering K-State is looking to replace several members of their linebacking corp heading into the 2013, playing time doesn’t figure to be much of an issue.