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Jan 1, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio looks on during the first half against Stanford Cardinal at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

QB Jayru Campbell Decommits From Michigan State

Detroit Cass Tech quarterback, Jayru Campbell is no longer heading to Michigan State.

Campbell made the announcement during an interview with Detroit’s WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) that aired late Monday night.

“I would say I have opened up the recruiting process again and decommitted from Michigan State. I’m just trying to enjoy the recruitment process for my last year in high school.”

Campbell, a 2015 recruit who will be a senior in the fall, made a verbal commitment in August to play for MSU.

That was before he was arrested for body slamming a 23-year-old Cass Tech security officer in January. The incident resulted in Campbell being charged assault with intent to do great bodily harm, a felony, and aggravated assault, a misdemeanor.

He would eventually plead guilty to the misdemeanor as a part of a plea deal struck last month. The felony charge was dismissed.

He was sentenced to 60 days in jail, probation and community service.

Campbell told WXYZ he has also been taking anger management classes on Saturdays and  insists that he has learned how to better handle himself in the future.

“I just learned that violence is not the answer,” Campbell said. “There’s different ways that you can solve a problem … Learn to forgive. It took some time but I would say I definitely got to the point where I’m thinking before I react.”

“I have apologized to him (the security officer) in the court room, in front of the cameras and, you know, once again I hope that he forgives me and one day finds it in his heart to forgive me. I just want to say I apologize again.”

Campbell is set to turn himself in on July 28th, which gives him time to complete summer school.

Campbell’s decommitment from MSU did not come as a surprise to many.

“I’m not a thug. I would not consider myself as a criminal. I would consider myself as a natural-born leader and someone that likes to help others.”-Jayru Campbell

The Spartans have already added another quarterback to next year’s recruiting class too. Brian Lewerke of Phoenix verbally committed in April.

The fact the MSU and head football coach, Mark Dantonio let Campbell go without putting up any sort of fight, may be a sign that they feel they are better off without taking the risk on him.

WXYZ reported that Cass Tech football coach Thomas Wilcher told the station that Campbell was now considering Cincinnati, Miami (Fla.) and LSU. According to, he also has scholarship offers from Alabama, Notre Dame and Wisconsin.

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