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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Athlete James Campbell



JAMES CAMPBELL- Athlete – Palatka High School – Palatka, Florida

The Numbers: Campbell is a 6-foot-2, 178-pound right-hander with a smooth, gliding running style, a raw throwing motion but a strong arm. He threw for 1,275 yards and ran for 620 more, totaling 25 touchdowns in Palatka’s triple-option offense.

The Accolades: According to, Campbell has received interest from Georgia Tech, Air Force, Navy, Georgia Southern, Wofford and Jacksonville. Only Jacksonville has offered. All the aforementioned schools run the triple option. The first-team all-state and two-time all-county selection is also a three-year honors student and a two-time team captain.

Academics: Engineering

Campbell on Montana State: Campbell was not available for an interview before signing day.

Film: James Campbell Highlights

Coach Choate on Campbell: “He ran a triple-option style offense as the quarterback, so he had a lot of (service) academy interest and is an exceptional student. Both Courtney (Messingham) and Brian (Armstrong) have strong ties to the state of Florida, and Brian being a former coach at two very good programs down there. He was able to connect through his coach, and James was primarily a baseball player until the last two years. He had offers from a number of different schools in the southeast, but he fell in love with the environment here and wants to do engineering. He is a very explosive athlete and can be a difference-maker for us. One of the things we focused on in this class is speed at the skill positions. He was a high school quarterback so he shows leadership, productivity, but I think we’re going to start him out at wide receiver although he could play a number of positions.”

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About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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