FOOTBALL: Cass Tech superstar Campbell alleged to have assaulted security guard, in jail according to reports
DETROIT – The state’s most high-profile prep quarterback is in some more hot water.
Jayru Campbell, Detroit Cass Tech’s 6-foot-3 all-state junior signal-caller, is reportedly in police custody following an alleged assault on a school security guard Wednesday afternoon.
Campbell is committed to play his college football at Michigan State.
WDIV Channel 4, Detroit’s NBC television affiliate, reported Wednesday evening that Campbell was arrested and jailed for the incident. WXYZ Channel 7, the city’s ABC affiliate, reported earlier in the night that the Detroit Police Department confirmed that a complaint had been filed regarding an assault by Campbell on school grounds.
Cass Tech head football coach Thomas Wilcher told media outlets only that Campbell had been involved in some “trouble” at school, but would go no further.
The aforementioned trouble, where Campbell is reputed to have body-slammed a security guard in the midst of an argument in a Cass Tech hallway, was caught on tape. That footage began circulating on the internet and social media sites Wednesday night and shows a person, identified by DPD officials as Campbell, bear-hugging a security guard prior to violently throwing him to the ground and having to be restrained by an onlooker.
Campbell led Cass Tech to back-to-back Division 1 state championships as a freshman and sophomore, wowing crowds and critics alike with big-play antics and a moxie and swagger that seemed to defy his young age.
His trademark afro, wide and engaging smile and colossal on-field resume (first freshman to quarterback a D1 team to a state title on the gridiron, only player to ever quarterback a squad from the PSL to a D1 state crown), made him one of the more recognizable athletes in all of Metro Detroit, high school, college or pro.
Late last summer, Campbell accepted the scholarship offer from Michigan State, choosing the Spartans over a slew of national glamour programs, such as Alabama and Notre Dame.
For much of the 2013 campaign, Campbell and his Cass Tech club were powerhouses. The Technicians were undefeated and nationally ranked, as far up the ladder as No. 2 in some polls.
These past few months, however, things changed and Campbell hit a major rough patch personally.
Before Wednesday’s incident, he had been suspended from school and tagged with a one-game sidelining to open the upcoming 2014 season for slugging an opposing player in the handshake line in the wake of Cass Tech’s upset-loss to Novi Detroit Catholic Central in the state semifinals in November.
This winter, Campbell has been playing on the Technicians state-ranked basketball team, coming off the bench in the frontcourt.