Even losing his keys in a large body of water couldn’t ruin Torrey Campbell’s day.
“I was on the boat ramp talking with the Iowa coaches and they fell out of my hand,” the 2011 cornerback recruit said. “I knew they were gone. It was crazy. But I was too happy to be mad. It was a very good day.”
Campbell informed the Hawkeye staff that he was verbally committing to the program Tuesday morning, becoming the 12th known commitment in the class. The Naples, Fla. native picked the Hawkeyes over Tennessee and Boston College, where he visited last week.
“I went to Boston College with an open mind, but in the back of my mind I knew Iowa was the place for me,” Campbell said. “I knew that when I went on my visit (in June). Everything is just in place there - great coaches, great academics, great program, great players.”
Scout.com rates Campbell (5-foot-11, 175 pounds) as a three-star prospect on it’s five-star scale. He’s pegged as the 53rd best RB in the class but will be a corner at Iowa.
“That’s where I want to play,” said Campbell, who has been timed at 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash. “Cornerback is the ultimate challenge. You’re out there on an island. Why not do it?
“I’ve played running back all my life and I’m ready for the change.”
While on his visit to Iowa, Campbell participated in a junior national track event at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. He ran the 110-meter hurdles, where he finished 12th. He placed second in the event in his state’s high school meet last spring.
That trip pushed Iowa to the front of Campbell’s wish list. Since then, he began a social network friendship with fellow Iowa ‘11 verbal, Marcus Grant, from Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA. The wide receiver became the Hawkeyes’ first commitment in the class when he pledged in April.
Campbell and Grant met in person for the first time when the former visited Boston College last week.
“He lives like 20 minutes from where I was staying,” Campbell said. “We got together and hung out for a whole night. It was cool.”
In addition to his final schools, Campbell held scholarship offers from Duke, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina State, Rutgers, South Florida and Wisconsin.
For more background on Campbell, please visit previous stories on him written by Hawkeyeinsider.com:
Fla Corner Headed to Iowa City Next Month
Hawkeyes Among Leaders for Torrey Campbell