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ABC 27 Scholar Athlete of the Week: Leon's DJ Campbell

Posted at 6:41 PM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 18:41:14-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — No matter if it's on the football field, or on the basketball court, Leon senior, and dual sport athlete, DJ Campbell is consistently putting the Lions in the best position to win.

"I love both of them," he said when asked which sport he prefers. "I give my all to both of them and do whatever I can to be the best."

Whether it's football or basketball, they love him back. Campbell's near the top of the stats no matter what he's playing.

"Feed the beast! That's what we go by. Feed the beast!" laughed head boys basketball coach Kelvin Graves. "Getting the ball down there opens it up for everyone else."

"I feel like I've been a big help in starting to lay the foundation to bring these sports back to where they used to be and where they could be," added Campbell.

Campbell helped lead the Lions to their first win over Lincoln in his high school career, and next up? He wants to bring home a district title, something that hasn't been done since 2011.

"I'm hoping to get in as many games as possible," he said. "A playoff appearance, just go as far as we can."

Along the way, Cambell's taking his grades as far they'll go. He has a 4.43 GPA.

"Perfect Scholar-Athlete. We don't say student, we say scholar because we want them to aspire to be scholars," said Graves. "They're student-athletes first. That's the thing we pride ourselves in."

"If your grades aren't good, why should we play you?" added Cambell. "It's a student-athlete - not an athlete student."

He's leading the way in the classroom, on the court, or the field.

"I only have so long of being able to play sports in a uniform, so I have to take advantage of it," said Campbell.

"It's a privilege to have someone like this in the program and have others that look up and aspire to be him one day," said Graves.

One day, from the foundation that DJ helped create. Campbell said he hasn't ruled out playing in college yet, but his focus is academics. He said he wants to be an orthopedic surgeon.