USC football commit Brandon Campbell will forgo his final year of high school ball.
For athletes around the country, the arrival of fall during a worldwide pandemic will carry with it difficult decisions.
For some, like those in the Pac-12 and Big Ten, the decision to play or not has been taken out of their hands. But for others, it’s still time to make a choice.
Four-star USC football commit Brandon Campbell, the decision has been made: He won’t play ball this fall.
USC football commit Brandon Campbell is sitting out.
The running back prospect out of Katy, Texas took to Twitter to make his announcement.
“During this Pandemic, there have been a lot of uncertainties. In the midst of it, I have decided to forego playing football my Senior Year,” Campbell wrote. “It was a difficult decision but my health and my family’s health is most important.
“I will be taking this time to prepare myself mentally and physically to enroll early at USC as a Collegiate Student Athlete. I appreciate everyone’s support.”
Campbell committed to USC in March during a run of Trojan commits this spring. Since then he has been one of the most vocal pledges in recent memory, engaging with other recruits on Twitter while also tipping off USC fans when commitments were on the way.
Many USC commits and targets on the recruiting trail won’t be playing football this fall. However, for most of them, the lack of games was a result of the California Interscholastic Federation pushing the football season in California to the spring.
Campbell was in a different situation. As a prospect from Texas, his fall season was set to go on as planned. His goal now is to stay safe and get ready to contribute when he arrives on campus.
Who knows, if the Pac-12 goes ahead with a spring season, there is a chance early enrollees will be eligible to play immediately.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound back may need to add some bulk between now and then, but he has the tools to succeed as an all-around playmaker. He ranks No. 310 in the 247Sports composite and No. 14 at running back.