There hasn't been a prospect USC has recruited who wanted to be a Trojan more than linebacker Jordan Campbell. And there isn't a family more dedicated to rooting for the Trojans than his. But, a lot has happened in the three years Campbell has been a Trojan, including Pete Carroll and the bulk of his staff leaving the school. So, Campbell told us today he's decided to transfer from USC.
"I already put in for my transfer," said Campbell. "I fell in love with Coach (Pete) Carroll's team and his coaching staff."
Campbell also said he has a school he's leaning toward transferring to.
"Boise State is the school I'm leaning to the most," said Campbell."But I'm keeping my options open and don't know for sure where I'll end up."
In 2009, he appeared in 5 games and recorded 9 tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss, despite missing three games with an injured ankle.
Campbell was in the starting lineup against Washington State and finished with a team-high 8 tackles in USC’s 27-6 win over the Cougars.
The 5-11 230-pound junior was expected to add depth at linebacker and contribute on special teams for the Trojans in 2010.
The loss of Campbell is another blow to an already thin linebacker corps for USC. Campbell is the second linebacker to transfer this offseason, joining freshman Jarvis Jones, who was unable to get medical clearance from team doctors after injuring his neck during the season.
Campbell's decision to leave USC was an emotional one for his family.
"I love you son and love your new (photo) album," said Campbell's mother, Colleen Campbell, referring to photos of his time at USC her son posted on the internet. "I am so sad my son is having to make such a big decision on his future, YET I am so excited for whatever he has coming his way. You will still find me smiling!!! With God ALL things are possible."
We'll have more on this development from Jordan Campbell. Stay tuned...
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