Michigan State Football: Luke Campbell has first-team All-Big Ten potential

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 07: Madre London #28 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates after scoring with teammate Luke Campbell #62 during the second quarter of the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 07: Madre London #28 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates after scoring with teammate Luke Campbell #62 during the second quarter of the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /
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Michigan State football’s starting right tackle, Luke Campbell, has first-team All-Big Ten potential and could live up to that in 2018.

Luke Campbell was ready to sign with Purdue and be part of the Boilermakers’ turnaround, and then Michigan State came calling. The former three-star prospect from Lewis Center, Ohio, had been hoping for an offer from the Spartans, and he got one just a month before signing day, visiting East Lansing that week and committing shortly after.

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It was a tough loss for the Boilermakers because they had found a diamond in the rough, but the Spartans caught on before it was too late.

Campbell nearly slipped through the Spartans’ fingers, but Mark Dantonio put in some last-second work to earn the flip. Two years later and he’s Michigan State’s starting right tackle, coming off a redshirt freshman season with an appearance in all 13 games, starting 12.

Coaches raved about Campbell prior to the 2017 campaign. Offensive line coach Mark Staten even said that he would be a four-year starter for the Spartans, a bold statement, as well as a potential Freshman All-American, according to Kyle Austin of MLive.

"“He’s going to be a four-year starter,” Staten, the Spartans’ offensive line coach, said last week of  Campbell. “Has a chance to be a freshman All-American, which we haven’t had since Brian Allen.”"

While he earned honorable mention All-Big Ten accolades, he still looked like the future at right tackle and just scratched the surface. He was named to the BTN All-Freshman team, but he’s only going to get better.

The former guard has the size to excel at the position, standing 6-5 and weighing 290 pounds, and he’s been dubbed as “intense” by teammates and coaches. He’s a kid who loves to lay the pain on opponents and with another year of gelling with essentially the same offensive line, he could break out as a first-team All-Big Ten selection.

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It’s not easy to stand out next to Cole Chewins, David Beedle, Tyler Higby and Kevin Jarvis, but Campbell will make a name for himself.