Chaminade congratulates Roderick Campbell ’16 on making his commitment to play football at Northwestern. After Campbell, a heavily recruited cornerback, recently visited the Evanston campus and met with head coach Pat Fitzgerald, he and his parents were convinced that Northwestern was the right place for him. He becomes the third member of the Wildcats' Class of 2016.
Roderick, the No. 2-ranked player in Missouri, returned from his Northwestern visit and rated it a 10 on a 1-10 scale. He and his family weighed the pros and cons of each of his final five schools -- Northwestern, Duke, Indiana, Iowa and Notre Dame and said that Northwestern came out as his choice because of its combination of “big-time football and big-time academics.”
"Northwestern is the best fit," he said. "There's the academic part of it, of course, and they really look out for their players and want them to succeed in life, whether it's in the NFL or something else…”
"I visited all the schools I wanted to and Northwestern just feels right," he continued. "It's the No. 13 (academic) school in the country! You get that prestigious education and Big Ten football."
Roderick, a 5-foot-11, 180-pounder with 4.5 speed in the 40 thinks that he will bring a talent for making big plays with him to Northwestern.
"I'm a ball hawk, I'm always around the ball," said Campbell, who had five interceptions, 22 pass breakups and 52 tackles for the 6-4 Red Devils last season. "I have big-play ability with my speed and my length, and that's what I think I can do for Northwestern."
After Campbell made up his mind, he first called coaches at each of his other final schools before contacting Fitzgerald and pulling the trigger. He said that "it wasn't the easiest thing" making those calls, so he feels as relieved as he is excited to end the recruiting process.
"I feel like I got a big burden off my chest," he said. "I'm glad I found a home."
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