MONTANA STATE BOBCATS
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 Scout.com, 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.
Campbell on Montana State: Campbell was not available for an interview before signing day.
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.”