MSU football recruit Jayru Campbell arrested after attack on school security guard

1:24 PM, Jan 23, 2014   |    comments
Cass Tech's Jayru Campbell on his teams side lines during first half action against Southfield during 1st half action at the Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University, Friday, August 30, 2013. / Diane Weiss/Detroit Free Press
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DETROIT (Detroit Free Press) - The quarterback of the Detroit Cass Tech football team has been arrested in connection with an attack on a security guard.

"Jayru Campbell was arrested yesterday by the Detroit Public Schools Police Department and charged with assault and battery, a misdemeanor, based on an incident that occurred inside the school at Cass Tech yesterday at dismissal time," Detroit Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Steve Wasko said today.

Wasko was insistent that charges have been filed, but Maria Miller, a spokeswoman for the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, cautioned that her office had not received information about the incident.

Campbell, a junior in high school, has verbally committed to play college football at Michigan State, but commitments are nonbinding until national letters of intent are signed in February 2015. Per NCAA rules, college coaches are not allowed to publicly comment on unsigned recruits.

Campbell committed to MSU in August, turning down scholarship offers from Alabama, Notre Dame and Wisconsin, among others. He is rated as a four-star recruit by

The alleged assault marks the second incident in recent months involving Campbell, who already was suspended for the first game of the 2014 season for throwing a punch after Cass Tech's state semifinal loss to Novi Detroit Catholic Central in November.

In a video of the Wednesday incident posted on YouTube, a person believed to be Campbell can be seen slamming a security guard to the ground before he is grabbed by other security guards.

It's unclear what prompted the attack. Wasko said that will be part of the investigation.

In addition, Campbell could face penalties for violations of the Detroit Public Schools code of conduct. Wasko declined to describe the potential penalties.

"That's a process that really has to take its time and go through all the hearings and the investigation," Wasko said.

Alvin Ward, director of athletics for Detroit Public Schools who suspended Campbell for the punch against Catholic Central, declined to comment today.

"This incident is currently being investigated by the District as well as local law enforcement,'' he said. "We have no further comments at this point."

The male security guard was treated at a clinic Wednesday evening and then went home, he said. It's unclear whether he was injured. He works for Securitas, Wasko said, a firm that contracts with DPS to provide security services at the district's schools.

Wasko said any decision on the impact on Campbell's football career at DPS will follow the investigation.

Campbell led Cass to Division 1 state championships as a freshman and sophomore. In addition to being suspended for Cass' opening game, Campbell was suspended from school for three to five days for the punch against Catholic Central.


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