The 2023 Rice Football recruiting class keeps stockpiling pass rushers, this time earning a commitment from JUCO defensive end Jordan Campbell.
Hours after another transfer portal pass rusher made his announcement, the 2023 Rice football recruiting class doubled up on big men in the trenches. JUCO defensive end Jordan Campbell has committed to the Owls.
Campbell is the first JUCO addition the Owls have added in this recruiting cycle but they’ll hope he’s part of a what’s become a long-standing tradition of success in the JUCO ranks. The Owls plucked tight end Boden Groen and running back Dean Connors from the JUCO ranks last season. Before them, linebackers Desmyn Baker and Blazer Alldredge found success, too. As well as wideout Bradley Rozner.
One success becomes a nice story. Several become a trend. Could Campbell be next? He picked Rice over offers from Fordham and Delaware State, both of which came earlier in the year. Rice was evidently intrigued by what they saw and decided to scoop him up, adding to a growing arsenal of pass rushers already in the fold in the 2023 class.
Campbell announced his pledge shortly after fellow transfer Coleman Coco, from Colgate, announced his commitment. They join high school commits Chris Clark and Joseph Mutombo in the defensive trenches in this growing class.
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Whether it’s inside, outside or right through a block, Campbell can win in a variety of different ways. That’s got to be something that stood out to Rice evaluators when looking over his JUCO highlight. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end could fit in a few places on the ever-shifting Rice defensive line, but having the get-to-the-quarterback ability is a prerequisite for all of them.
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