Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
Bringing in a kicker to replace Griffin Oakes, who will be a senior in 2017, was a priority for Indiana head coach Tom Allen. Allen has put a premium on special teams since taking over in December of 2016 and has said he won't hesitate to give a kicker or punter a scholarship. That hole was filled very well when U.S. Army All-American kicker Charles Campbell committed to the Hoosiers just hours after receiving a scholarship offer.
Campbell made his announcement on Twitter Sunday night saying, "I would like to thank my family and friends for always supporting me through this journey. I would also like to thank James Wilhoit and all the other coaches that have helped me through my recruitment process. Finally, I'd like to thank Coach Allen, Coach Mac, and all the staff at Indiana for giving me the opportunity to play Power 5 football."
Campbell, out of University School of Jackson in Jackson, Tennessee, is rated by Kohl's Kicking Camp, an authority at scouting kicking prospects, as the eighth best kicker nationally.
The comments from Kohl's on Campbell's page states, "Campbell had excellent showings at the 2016 Southern Winter Showcase, the 2017 Underclassman Challenge, and the 2017 Texas Showcase. He charted well on field goals at the 2016 Southern Challenge by going 10/10. He looked dominant during the FG competition phase at the UC Challenge in Jan of 2017. He is a confident, talented field goal kicker, who has great command of his body and his ball striking. His kickoffs have improved as well, he is one of the better field goal kickers in the 2018 class and might be the most game ready player in this class!"
In his three years at University School Campbell has connected on 17-of-25 of his field goals with a long of 50 yards and has hit 133-of-138 extra points. Campbell is the Hoosiers eight commitment of the 2018 class.