North Carolina Boys Soccer POY: Jonathan Campbell

February, 22, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this past fall's Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 29 fellow Gatorade State Fall Boys Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Jonathan Campbell

THE BASICS

School: Greensboro Day School
(Greensboro, N.C.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Defender/midfielder
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 170 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Campbell scored 19 goals and passed for 26 assists this past season, leading the Bengals (21-3) to the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 3A state championship match. A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Men’s National Team player pool, he was the 2011 North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association State Player of the Year and an All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Campbell concluded his prep soccer career with 53 goals and 64 assists.

Academic excellence: Campbell has maintained an A average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the Greensboro Day School’s Ambassador Club, he has volunteered locally with Operation Smile, at a local food bank and as a youth tutor.

THE PRAISE

“Jonathan Campbell is very good on the ball and very good in the air,” said Marc Nicholls, the director of Campbell’s NC Fusion club team. “He reads the game extremely well and he’s blessed with terrific athleticism. He’s rangy with his passing, good with both feet. And he leads by example.”

THE FUTURE: Campbell has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at the University of North Carolina beginning this fall and graduated early from Greensboro Day School to attend collegiate classes in the current semester.

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