Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2018 AL CB Campbell Coming To ND For B-G Game

April 20, 2017

Cagan Campbell knows what people say about him and he uses that to his advantage.

The 2018 Alabama cornerback has offers from Army, Jacksonville State, South Alabama, Eastern Kentucky, Tuskegee University and Liberty.

“It means a lot to me just because a lot of coaches always said, ‘Oh, you’re not big enough, this and that, to play,’” the 5-foot-10.5, 165-pound Campbell said. “People feel like I can’t play at the next level because I’m not big enough. It motivates me to prove all of those coaches wrong because I know I could play with anybody.”

“I never got down on myself. I started working hard and I started getting these offers this past couple months and it’s just been a really big confidence-booster and it’s given me something to work harder for.”

Campbell’s work has led to other schools taking interest in him, including Notre Dame.

“I was sitting in class one day and Aaryn Kearney messaged me and asked me if I was coming to the spring game,” the Tuscaloosa native said. “Then I got a message from Coach (Todd) Lyght inviting me down. So me and my dad looked at the schedule and it worked out.”

Campbell was excited to hear from the Irish.

“It means a lot honestly,” he acknowledged. “Notre Dame is a great school with a great tradition behind it. I’m really, really excited about coming up there. I know it’ll be a great experience.”

He’s looking forward to getting to South Bend.

“Just trying to see how the campus looks and what the typical football day looks like in South Bend,” he said.

Campbell, who was clocked at 4.43 in the 40-yard dash at Auburn’s camp last summer, takes pride in playing bigger than he actually is, something college scouts have taken note of.

“When they talk about my film, they talk about how they like how I’m a physical player,” said Cmpbell. “They know size is something I don’t have, but they could put it on me. But they like how I don’t worry about size. I’m physical with everybody. I’m a sure tackler.

“They love the speed I have on me when it comes to guarding and deflecting deep-route balls. That’s mainly what they say.”

Campbell knows what he’s looking for in a school.

“Most importantly first is the education and what I would receive coming into that school, if they have my major,” explained Campbell, who wants to major in Exercise Science. “Another thing I’m looking for is a school that will let me play football and run track as well. That’s something I’m looking for that is very big for me, being able to do both at the next level.”

Notre Dame’s track and field program has already reached out to Campbell, who runs the 200 and 400 meters.

“I’ve been on calls with their coach a couple of times already.”

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