Jayru Campbell may not have displayed the best decision making in the past year, and his assault on a school security officer that was caught on video resulted in his sentencing earlier this week. That is why he is going to pay the price with 60 days in jail.
He has a chance to turn around his life though, and that is an important aspect of this to keep in mind even when the details are not exactly pretty. The 17-year-old Detroit Cass Tech (MI) football star was sentenced by Wayne County Circuit Judge Timothy Kenny, and Campbell will serve his time starting on July 28 after completing summer school.
“Mr. Campbell’s regrettable lack of self-control and his violent response to legitimate school authority has to be sanctioned,” Kenny said to USA TODAY Sports. “I think that this will help Mr. Campbell as he becomes, hopefully, much more grounded as a young man.”
Campbell’s sentence also includes probation, possible drug testing and community service. The key thing though is that this goes on his record as a misdemeanor and not a felony. If he can keep his nose clean for the next couple years, then he could be looking at an opportunity to play college football at some point in the future.
Campbell was initially charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm, a felony, and aggravated assault, a misdemeanor, after he slammed a 23-year-old security officer to the ground on Jan. 22 inside Cass Tech. He pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor in a plea deal struck earlier this month, and the felony charge was dismissed. Here is hoping that this young talent can turn things around, because he has so much left to live for.
If he completes his jail sentence without incident, then he could play for his team near the end of their season. Campbell, a quarterback, made a verbal commitment in August to play football for the Michigan State Spartans in 2015, and it will be interesting to see if he still ends up going there.