I kind of remember Campbell, he played at Cass Tech, which is ( was ? ) the preeminent hs football program in Michigan. From what I’ve read, it is also a good academic hs, at least for the students who want to make an effort. Way back when, played adult rec basketball with a guy that graduated from Cass Tech. He was an electrical engineer at the power plant in my hometown, nice guy, smart, and not good at basketball at all, lol, so much for stereotypes.
If we were all rational human beings, 99.9% of students would be much, much better served channeling all of the energy they put into athletics into academics while in high school. But that’s not the way its ever been, society dotes upon the star athlete.
Pick a sport, go to the library and look up the Free Press All State teams from 5,10,15, 20 years ago. It’s shocking how few names are familiar, how few hit the big time, and these were the very best of the best in the State. Not sure for how long they did it, but the Free Press used to do a Best of the Midwest ( Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio ) football All Star team. Same deal, look back 5,10, or whatever many years, and very few names ring a bell.
Sports are real good for developing your body, competitiveness, and teamwork, but definitely not at the expense of all other interests. Schools should have teams, just like they should have woodshop and machine shop, and auto shop. But at least around here, individual schools have eliminated shop classes, but still have football teams. ( centralized skill centers do teach some of the shop classes, usually 1 tech center shared by 3 counties, from what I see )