Michigan State recruit Jayru Campbell faces assault charges

Tuesday February 11th, 2014

Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio cannot comment on the situation until Jayru Campbell officially signs. (Harry How/Getty Images) Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio cannot comment on the situation until Jayru Campbell officially signs. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Michigan State recruit Jayru Campbell, who verbally committed in August to play at the school next year, is facing a felony assault charge for allegedly attempting to inflict bodily harm to a security guard on campus in January.

The 17-year-old Detroit Cass Tech student was arrested by the Detroit Public Schools police department following the incident on Jan. 22. On Monday, a recommendation for a warrant was filed in the 36th District Court. According to the report from Elisha Anderson of the Detroit Free Press, possible charges include assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, a felony, and aggravated assault, a misdemeanor. A video of the incident shows a person believed to be Campbell body slamming a security guard, although it's not clear what precipitated the incident.

Campbell's football coach, Thomas Wilcher, said the boy is sorry for what he did, adding that he doesn't understand why the media has to cover the incident, according to Anderson's report:

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“I just heard about the charges. 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....I don’t understand why everything has to be played out in the media about this kid."

Campbell, a junior who led Cass Tech to Division 1 state championships for the past two years, remains suspended by the school. According to NCAA rules, college coaches are forbidden to comment on unsigned players. This latest incident marks the second time he has been suspended over the past year. In November, Campbell threw a punch following a loss to Novi Detroit Catholic and was suspended by the school and for the first game of the team's 2014 season.

A four-star recruit, Campbell verbally committed to the Spartans after reportedly receiving scholarship offers from Alabama, Notre Dame and Wisconsin.

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