By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(May 19, 2014) – Briar Woods High School senior Christian Campbell has committed to join head coach Denny Douds at the East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania where he will play football beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.
“I never thought I’d be going to college to play college football knowing that I just started playing again my junior year,” said Campbell who took a break from football to improve his basketball skills. “I’ve always been a basketball player so being committed to a school for football is different, but is very assuring with a promising future.”
Campbell noted the school’s football program, environment and degree programs helped him make his decision.
“I love the school campus and environment. Also the football program fits to my position and liking,” said the 5-foot-11 Campbell. “I’ll be majoring in athletic training which is one of the top majors offered by East Stroudsburg.”
On top of the education, Campbell will get in the classroom as ESU, the Atlanta, Georgia-native will get a top of the line education on the gridiron where Denny Douds has been at the helm of the Division II Warriors program since 1974. Entering his 41st season as the head coach of the Warriors in 2014, Douds has compiled a 244-171-3 record during his tenure including four trips to the NCAA tournament.
In 2013, Douds led East Stroudsburg to a 7-4 finish including a 4-3 mark in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
“I’ll be playing strong safety at ESU, and I’m one of the few defensive backs in my [recruiting] class,” Campbell said. “I will be adding a little bit of both run stopper and man-on-man coverage. I feel like I’m perfect for their defense being a downhill safety in the box. ”
Before his journey to East Stroudsburg could begin, Campbell had to finish his days as a high school football player where he excelled under Briar Woods head coach Charlie Pierce. Campbell transferred to Briar Woods following his sophomore year after a move to Loudoun from Georgia and went on to help the Falcons to a state championship in his first season in the program.
“Playing for Briar Woods is a huge accomplishment first of all. Coach Pierce is a very great coach and has led our team to four straight championships winning three out of the four. I only participated in two because I moved [at the] beginning of my junior year but coach Pierce had very high expectations as soon as I came to camp. I loved being a Falcon.”
Campbell got only one of Briar Woods’ previous state championship rings after the Falcons’ fell to L.C. Bird in the VHSL 5A state championship in 2013 on Dec. 14 after undergoing a successful conference realignment a 2013 campaign where they finished 15-2.
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!