At this stage of the recruiting process Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck might need a bigger boat.
Western Michigan added its 12th overall verbal commitment late last week in Naperville Central three-star ranked offensive guard Trevor Campbell (6-foot-5, 280 pounds). Campbell is also the eighth Land of Lincoln verbal commitment in the Broncos Class of 2017 as the state of Illinois remains a high priority in Fleck's recruiting plan.
"I really had no intentions of committing this early," Campbell said. "But I had such a great first visit to Western Michigan that I was able to find a school and a football program that offers everything I was looking for in a school. I talked it over with my family on the visit and they totally agreed that Western Michigan was a great fit for me so I committed."
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So how have the Broncos been able to lock up so many kids this early on in the recruiting process?
"I can't speak for everyone else, but coach Fleck and his staff had a lot to do with why I committed this early," Campbell said. "Coach Fleck is just a high energy guy and he also is very straight forward and honest. My position coach at Western Michigan (Brian Callahan) also reminds me of my position coach at Naperville Central (Pat Watson), and they have the same personality and the same approach. I just loved everything about Western Michigan and I also didn't want to miss out on a great opportunity so I committed."
Campbell now joins Phillips defensive tackle Chris Elmore, Boylan defensive end Noah Hickcox, Rockford Lutheran defensive back Marcus Hayes, Montini Catholic running back Prince Walker, Bishop McNamara offensive lineman Dylan Deatherage and wide receiver Chris Bell and East St. Louis quarterback Reyondous Estes in giving Western Michigan early verbal commitments.