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2016 OL Donavaughn Campbell Commits to LSU

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Massive Ponchatula OL pledges to LSU.

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Frank Wilson and Brick Haley earned the commitment of 2016 OL Donavaughn Campbell today. LSU extended their offer today and Campbell committed on the spot. The Ponchatula native is a 6'5", 360 pound bear of a man at such a young age, as you can probably tell from the picture.

Campbell is present unrated by 247 Sports, and according to their site, LSU is his first offer. Here's his highlights:

Despite tipping the scales at 360 pounds, Campbell moves exceptionally well. He's light on his feet and quick out of his stance. I expected to see a big, plodding, power blocker, but this kid is a pretty gifted athlete. He's especially impressive when he gets out as a pulling guard.

At 6'5", like most young, tall OL, he plays a bit too high. He'll also need to work on leading better with his hands, as he often allows defenders to get into his body. At this level, it makes little difference, as he is able to completely overwhelm the competition. But as he progresses, bigger, stronger defenders will be able to dispose of him much more easily.

As you can tell from the photo, his body needs some transformation. He's soft around the gut and needs to tighten up overall to progress into being a top OL.

Campbell doesn't fit the body profile of what I suspect is the Grimes prototype. He'll need to cut weight before he's ready to go at LSU. That said, neither does Maea Teuhema, though he carries his weight much better. Campbell looks like a strong interior OL prospect that should earn increased attention as the process wears on.

This makes four commitments to the 2016 haul, which is expected to be similar to last season's masterpiece of a class. Campbell joins four stars Feleipe Franks, Dee Anderson and Stephen Sullivan in the class. Off to a strong start in what should be another banner year in the state of Louisiana.