Spartans QB recruit accused of body-slamming security guard
Michigan State football recruit Jayru Campbell, a quarterback at Detroit Cass Tech High School, was reportedly arrested and could face assault-and-battery charges after being accused of body-slamming a security guard.
The altercation, which took place Wednesday and was witnessed by a large group of students in a hallway at the school, was caught on video and then posted on the internet.
Michelle Zdrodowski, a spokeswoman for Detroit Public Schools, told local news station WDIV that Campbell will be disciplined internally according to the student code of conduct. Outside of the school, Zdrodowski said Campbell could be charged with misdemeanor assault and battery.
Another local TV station, WXZY, is reporting that the video has led to Campbell’s arrest and claims he’s being held at the Detroit Correction Center.
It’s not the first time that Campbell, who made an oral commitment to Michigan State last summer for the recruiting class of 2015, has gotten into trouble. He was suspended for the opening game next season after being accused of punching a Detroit Catholic Central player following a loss in the 2013 state semifinals.
Campbell, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior, is a strong-armed, mobile QB who led Cass Tech to back-to-back Division 1 state championships as a freshman and sophomore. He’s rated as a three-star recruit by Scout.com and four stars by Rivals.com.
Cass Tech teammate Jamaal Brown told the FOX television affiliate in Detroit that he believes "the whole situation was self-defense."
"When somebody puts their hands on you, you got a right to defend yourself," Brown said.
John Lewandowski, MSU associate athletics director for communications, said in a statement that the NCAA prohibits any institution from commenting about specific prospects until they have signed a national letter of intent.