21 Parris Campbell

Parris Campbell Ohio State
usaUnited States
Akron, OH
High School
St. Vincent-St. Mary
Past Teams
Ohio State
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Post-OSU Update: Parris Campbell was selected with the 59th overall pick (2nd round) of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. Campbell was often injured in his first four years, all with the Colts, combining for 97 catches in 32 games. He signed with the Giants in 2023 and caught 20 passes in 12 games. (updated: Jan. 2024)

Major: Sociology (2017-18), Undeclared (2015-16)

Weight: 208 (2016-18), 205 (2015), 188 (2014)

2018 Media Guide: Parris Campbell is a dynamic and talented football player and one of the fastest players on the team and Big Ten Conference … he is a threat to score anytime he has the football in his possession … a fifth-year senior who was a team captain in 2017, Campbell is a veteran of 34 games and 24 starts, including 12 starts during the 2017 campaign when he led the team with 18 plays of 20-or-more yards, including long receiving touchdowns of 74 yards vs. Indiana, 69 yards vs. UNLV and 57 yards in the Big Ten title game win over Wisconsin … Campbell also ranked second on the team last year with 40 receptions and first with 584 receiving yards … he averaged 13.2 yards off his 10 carries, including a long of 44 yards vs. Illinois … he was named a game “champion” by OSU coaches nine times during the season, including earning player of the game honors vs. both Indiana (six receptions for career-high 136 yards and one TD) and USC (special teams) … he enters his senior season second on the team in career receptions with 53 and second in receiving yards with 705, and he has a career 13.3 yards per carry average off his 14 rushes … a fine return specialist, Campbell led the Big Ten in 2016 in
kickoff returns (27.8) and he has tied a 52-year-old Ohio State record for career kickoff return average at 30.4 yards per return (Tom Barrington, 1963-65).

2017 Media Guide: Parris Campbell is a fourth-year player in the program who enters the 2017 season with junior eligibility … a veteran of 21 games and 12 starting assignments, Campbell is one of the key receivers on the roster and is being counted on to provide plays and big plays … he was one of the most talked-about players coming out of spring drills because of his fine play throughout … he has 13 career receptions for 121 yards and a 9.3 yards per reception average with all of those stats coming during the 2016 season … he is also a fine return specialist and led the Big Ten in 2016 in kickoff returns.

2016 Media Guide: Parris Campbell is so talented that he earned a season-opening starting assignment against Virginia Tech last year as a red-shirt freshman amid a unit that has since lost three players to the NFL – Michael Thomas to New Orleans; Braxton Miller to Houston and Jalin Marshall to the New York Jets … Campbell also started the next two games for the Buckeyes but only managed 22 more snaps on offense the rest of the season as a mid-season injury slowed the speedy performer and kept him out of five games … he returned and played in the last four games of the season, but mostly on special teams where he was a standout with seven total tackles … although still in need of his first career reception, Campbell’s receptions covering 40- and 55-yards in the spring game in front of more than 100,000 fans did not go unnoticed by the Ohio State coaches.

2015 Media Guide: Parris Campbell red-shirted the 2014 season as a true freshman.

2014 Media Guide: Parris Campbell is one of the elite players in this class of 2014 … a consensus four-star prospect, he was rated as a Top 25 player regardless of offensive position with rankings as high as the No. 14 running back (Scout), No. 15 athlete (Rivals), No. 19 wide receiver (247Sports) and No. 22 athlete (ESPN) … one of 10 Buckeye recruits on the Scout 100 (No. 85).

High School: Associated Press Division III all-state in 2013 after rushing for 1,584 yards and 22 touchdowns and helping lead St. Vincent-St. Mary, coached by Dan Boarman, to a repeat state championship with a 15-0 record … SVSM was 2012 state champion with a 13-2 record when Campbell rushed for 1,353 yards and scored 28 touchdowns, including a long touchdown of 94 yards … teammate of 2014 Buckeye recruit Dante Booker … attended The Opening in Oregon in Summer 2013 and was among the fastest players at the camp, making the three-man final in the 40-yard dash … outstanding on a track, Campbell powered SVSM to the 2013 Ohio State outdoor track and field championship by anchoring victorious 4×100 and 4×200-meter relays and taking second in the 100 … set personal bests of 10.77 in the 100 and 22.09 in the 200 (meters) during the 2013 outdoor season …broke Ohio state record in the 60-meter dash at 2014 indoor state championships (6.85).

Personal: Is the son of Shelly Woodruff and Parris Campbell Sr.



SeasonTeamGGSRush AttRush YdsRush AvgRush TDTgtRecRec YdsRec AvgRec TDLng2 Pt ConvFumLostKRKR YdsKR AvgKR TD
2015Ohio State8300000000000000000
2016Ohio State13945413.51NA131219.30240002158427.80
2017Ohio State13121013213.21NA4058414.6374022932936.60
2018Ohio State14149242.70NA90106311.812780000000


SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstKRKR YdsKR AvgKR TD
2015Ohio State837340000
2016Ohio State1396512158427.80
2017Ohio State1312110932936.60
2018Ohio State14142110000