March 14, 2008

Arkansas punter visits Ole Miss

Ole Miss will be in need for a new punter in a year or two and Little Rock, Ark. athlete Tyler Campbell is a prospect that the Rebels will be evaluating between now and national signing day next February.

Campbell, 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, from Catholic High School recenty received an invitation to attend Ole Miss' first junior day event.

"Ole Miss' junior day was great," he said Wednesday night. "I liked it alot. We ate lunch, did the tour of facilities, academics and met with coaches."

Campbell averaged around 38 yards a kick during his sophomore season and averaged 44 yards per punt early in his junior season. However, a knee injury sidelined him three games into the season for the rest of the year.

His injury came while he was playing in the secondary.

Campbell made the All-Arkansas sophomore season after the 2006 season and was named preseason All-Arkansas headed into his junior season.

His connection to Ole Miss is Rebels' special team coordinator James Shibest.

"My kicking tutor knew coach Shibest and that's how they (Ole Miss) became interested in me," Campbell said. "I really like coach Shibest."

Campbell said he's being recruited specifically as a punter.

In addition to the interest from Ole Miss, Campbell is hearing from Arkansas, Vanderbilt and Tulsa.

He is yet to receive an offer and doesn't anticipate receiving one until coaches can evaluated him during his senior season.

He's currently still rehabilitating the torn ACL which could hinder him participating in spring practice and even summer camps.

He currently is contemplating visits to Vanderbilt on Mar. 22, to Tulsa on Mar. 29 and to Arkansas on Apr. 26.

Campbell has already scored an impressive 26 on his ACT and supports a 3.6 GPA.

Ole Miss will lose senior Rob Park after the 2008 season. He punted both as a freshman and sophomore, but gave way to junior Justin Sparks, who handled most of the punting duties last fall.

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