Parris Campbell, one of Ohio State‘s top receivers, dropped a wide open touchdown against Indiana in Week 1. Well, this was before shaking off his mistake and totaling a team-high 136 yards, on six catches and one touchdown.
No. 2 Ohio State downed Indiana, 49-21.
Campbell hasn’t been under the spotlight for much of his time at Ohio State. He has been behind current NFL receivers Michael Thomas, Jalin Marshall, Braxton Miller, Curtis Samuel, and Noah Brown on the depth chart, but now it is his time to shine.
He was a four-star recruit as a part of the coveted 2014 class for the Buckeyes, and was rated as the No. 22 athlete by ESPN. As a high school senior for St. Vincent – St. Mary (yes, Lebron James‘ high school), Campbell helped lead his team to a perfect 15-0 spot.
He finished with 1,584 yards and 22 touchdowns during his senior season. After sitting out his freshman campaign in Columbus as a redshirt, Campbell started a trio of games in 2015, but it wasn’t until the following season that he would begin to make an impact.
During the 2016 slate, Campbell played in 13 games, starting nine of them. Including 13 receptions, 121 receiving yards, 54 rushing yards, and a touchdown. And now, with his junior season underway, he’s already surpassed his entire receiving production from 2016.
Week 2 is on the horizon, and the Buckeyes’ schedule gets tougher with No. 7 Oklahoma coming to The Shoe. Campbell, who is Ohio State’s No. 1 target, must bring his A-game against the Sooners if they want to improve to 2-0 on the young season.
After a couple of mediocre years for Campbell in which he had to wait his turn and watch other receivers get his playing time, he finally has the opportunity to show the country how talented he is, and after a successful Week 1, he’s got his eyes on running past Oklahoma.
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