Assault charges sought against MSU recruit Jayru Campbell, online records show

Assault charges sought against MSU recruit Jayru Campbell, online records show


Assault charges sought against MSU recruit Jayru Campbell, online records show


Charges are being sought against a Detroit Cass Tech football star accused of attacking a security guard, online court documents reveal.

The records show a recommendation for a warrant was filed today in 36th District Court in a case against Jayru Campbell, 17, a quarterback who is verbally committed to play college football at Michigan State University.

The possible charges listed include assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, a felony, and aggravated assault, a misdemeanor, according to the records online.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy scheduled a news conference at 2 p.m. Tuesday to announce a charging decision, according to a news release issued by her office today. A spokeswoman for her office declined to comment beyond that.

Campbell could not be reached for comment.

He was arrested by the Detroit Public Schools Police Department on Jan. 22 because of an incident that happened inside Cass Tech at dismissal time.

In a video of incident, a person believed to be Campbell can be seen slamming a security guard to the ground. It’s unclear what prompted the incident.

“I just heard about the charges,” Cass Tech football coach Thomas Wilcher said. “I really don’t know what to say. I don’t have anything to say about it, really. I’m just really in awe. I’m just ticked at the whole process.”

Wilcher said he was surprised to hear that the prosecutor’s office is holding a news conference to announce the charges.

“I don’t understand why everything has to be played out in the media about this kid,” he said.

Wilcher has spoken to Campbell and said the youngster is remorseful over what happened. He said Campbell is still suspended from school and the Detroit Public School League will decide his school status.

“He can’t come back to school until all this is straightened out and then he can come back to school,” Wilcher said. “The Public School system has to make decisions on him, not Cass.”

The alleged assault marks the second incident in recent months involving Campbell, who was suspended from school and for the first game of the 2014 season for throwing a punch after Cass Tech’s state semifinal loss to Novi Detroit Catholic Central in November.

The high school junior committed to MSU in August, turning down scholarship offers from Alabama, Notre Dame and Wisconsin, among others. He is rated as a four-star recruit by Verbal commitments are nonbinding until national letters of intent are signed in February 2015. Per NCAA rules, college coaches are not allowed to comment publicly on unsigned recruits.

Campbell led Cass Tech to Division 1 state championships as a freshman and sophomore.


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