The University of Central Arkansas Bears added a final signee in the early period on Friday as defensive lineman Jon Campbell signed with the Bears and new head coach Nathan Brown.
Campbell is a 6-foot-1, 285-pound defensive tackle from Klein Oak High School in Houston, Texas.
“Jon was the No. 1 interior defensive lineman on our board,’ said Brown, who signed 11 new Bears on Wednesday. “We have been on him since the summer and we are pleased to get him signed up. He has the best initial pop at the snap of the football that we have seen on film. Jon also has great athleticism for a big guy. He makes a lot of plays running horizontally down the line of scrimmage. He will be a big addition to our defensive line room."
Campbell joins offensive linemen Alex Bridges, Will Burgess, Dylan Desper and Jacob Ingram, tight end Austin Eldridge; running back Cameron Myers, wide receiver Bennie Smith, defensive tackle Alejandro Ramirez, cornerback Duke Upshaw, punter Taylor Wallace and long snapper Raleigh Wood.
“This is a big addition for us,’ said Brown. “This adds another high-caliber body to our defensive line in this signing class. We were putting an early emphasis on the offensive and defensive lines and we were able to capitalize on a lot of great prospects.
“Jon makes 12 signees in this early signing period. We have been able to get a lot done in a short amount of time. I am excited to see where January takes us. We have a great baseline to where we want to be in February."