Saturday, June 26, 2010
Campbell transfers to Louisville, Heidari commits to USC
By Pedro Moura
We've got two roster developments to report on this Saturday.
First, former Trojans linebacker Jordan Campbell has committed to transfer to Louisville. Campbell, who spent three years at USC and started one game at weakside linebacker in that time, took his first visit to the school this weekend and said he came away pleased with what he saw.
The Cardinals were a Big East power for much of the 2000's before experiencing a downturn under former coach Steve Kragthorpe. After two turmoil-filled seasons under Kragthope, the school made a December high-profile hire of former Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong with the apparent hope of bringing a new defensive mentality to the school.
Campbell has bought into it.
"There's nothing wrong with creating your own legacy," Campbell said by phone Saturday night from Louisville. "Coach Strong wants to create his own legacy here and he is a very wise, very smart man.
"He knows exactly what he wants to do."
Campbell was recruited by both Bobby Petrino and Kragthorpe at Louisville out of high school but chose to join the Trojans. Now, afteheading to the Cardinals, he believes he can jump into Strong's system and start right away — beginning with a big Governor's Cup matchup against Kentucky on Sept. 4.
Louisville returns a total of 15 starts at the three linebacker spots.
"I definitely expect to start," Campbell said. "With my capabilities, my speed, my size, my everything, I believe I can start at any school in the nation.
"I just gotta work hard — if I don't work hard, I won't be a starter anywhere."
Meanwhile, a Class of 2011 kicker, Andre Heidari (Bakersfield, Calif./Stockdale) committed to the Trojans on Saturday after receiving a scholarship off after the Rising Stars Camp held on USC's campus on Wednesday and Thursday.
Interestingly, Heidari's school is a perennial rival of Matt Darr's Frontier High in Bakersfield. Darr, a punter/kicker, decommitted from USC just before Signing Day in February and chose to attend Fresno State. The Trojans then hired famed Bulldog special teams coordinator John Baxter to coach special teams at USC.
Baxter was a big part of Heidari's decision to choose USC.
"I've been talking to coach Baxter a lot, and I think he's the best special teams coach in the nation," Heidari told USCfootball.com. "He's taught me so much in just the two days I was at the camp. He taught me how to shape my foot like it was different types of sports equipment. He is very technical."
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Heidari reportedly plans to enroll in January, which will help USC a good bit in maneuvering around the NCAA-sanctioned 15-scholarship a year limit.