(Dylan Campbell 6-1 175 Jr.RB Graham-Kapowsin HS)
A young runner to keep an eye on this fall is Graham-Kapowsin junior tailback Dylan Campbell, a 6’1″, 175-pounder who is coming off a solid sophomore season in 2011, and now that he’s the established starter he should be able to put up some big numbers for the Eagles this fall.
“I started all but one game last season,” Campbell told Northwest Elite Index recently. “I missed one game with an injured shoulder, but I played every game other than that and this year I am stronger and I feel like with our line and the talent around me, I have a chance to have a pretty big season.”
As a sophomore, Campbell received Second Team All-SPSL 4A honors after posting 769 yards rushing and six touchdowns.
“I run inside pretty good, but I like to get out on the edge and make plays out there,” Campbell said. “I have good speed, but it’s getting even better and I feel like in space, that I can make people miss and you have a chance to make some big plays out there.”
In addition to seeing the majority of the carries on offense, Campbell is also going to be the starter at the strong safety position, allowing him to use his size, speed and skills on defense too.
“I just like to play, so playing both ways is going to be great,” Campbell said. “I love to hit and compete and it’s something I’m really excited about.”
Its so early in recruiting that he hasn’t heard anything from colleges at this point, but as long as he does what we think he can do he should see quite a bit of attention after a big junior campaign.
“All of that individual stuff is fine, but we want to win the SPSL and that’s really what I’m focused on now,” Campbell noted. “The rest of that stuff will take care of itself, so it’s not something I’m really that worried about right now.”
Graham-Kapowsin begins the season running a gauntlet early when they travel to take on Post Falls (Id.) to start the year on August 30th before returning back to the Puget Sound region for two tough road games — vs. Curtis and Federal Way — the following two weeks.
If they can stay healthy and get through those three games with at least a win, the Eagles have a chance to go on a bit of a late season run and could make some noise in the SPSL south this year.