Former Ohio State wide receiver Parris Campbell was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He was the 59th pick overall.
Campbell is now the sixth Buckeye wide receiver to be drafted in the last five years.
As a fifth-year senior last year, Campbell set an Ohio State single-season record with 90 receptions. His 1,063 yards receiving made him the fifth Buckeye ever with 1,000 yards receiving in a season. Campbell led the team with 12 touchdown receptions last season as well.
Against Michigan last season, Campbell caught six passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns. He was named First-Team All-Big Ten for his overall performance last year.
In 2017, Campbell moved to H-back and caught 40 passes for 584 yards and three touchdowns.
A redshirt freshman in 2015, Campbell started three games and played regularly, but did not record a single catch. In 2016, he saw more action and caught 13 passes for 121 yards.
Campbell was a dynamic kickoff returner earlier in his career. In 2016, he averaged 27.8 yards per return. He bumped that up to 36.6 yards per return in 2017.
Campbell came to Ohio State from Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, where he was a running back. His transition to Big Ten receiver took some time, but the wait was well worth it for the Buckeyes.
Parris Campbell Bio: That career-long 78-yard touchdown play when Parris Campbell took a push pass from Dwayne Haskins in the backfield, raced to the right, turned left near the sideline and blazed past every Michigan defender in the area was a key and perhaps most memorable moment in a record-setting 2018 season for the fifth-year senior and two-time team captain … Campbell was outstanding for the Buckeyes this year, setting a school record with 90 receptions, including 12 touchdown receptions, and becoming only the fifth Buckeye to top 1,000 receiving yards in a season with 1,063 … he was named first-team all-Big Ten by the league’s coaches … his huge year leaves him with career totals of 143 receptions for 1,768 yards to rank seventh and 15th, respectively, in school history plus 15 touchdown receptions to also rank 15th in that category … his huge game against Michigan as a senior included the sixth-most receiving yards in school history – 192 – and the second-best yards per reception average at 32.0 … he scored two touchdowns vs. Michigan and also vs. Tulane and Indiana, and he also topped 100 yards receiving against Tulane (147) and Indiana (142) … he had a career-high 11 catches in his final game – his 48th with 38 starts – as a Buckeye, against Washington in the Rose Bowl … he had nine receptions against both Indiana and Purdue and eight vs. Tulane and Minnesota … he caught at least one pass in his final 27 games played … Campbell started 12 times in 2017 and a total of 12 times as a freshman and sophomore in 2015 and 2016 …he ranked second on the team in 2017 with 40 receptions and first with 584 receiving yards … 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) … Campbell’s 584 return yards in 2016 rank third in Ohio State single season history, and his 149 return yards vs. Indiana in 2016 also rank third … he spent five seasons at Ohio State alongside a high school teammate: Buckeye linebacker Dante Booker.
Honors & Awards
2018: Graduated in December (sociology), First-team all-Big Ten Conference
2017: Third-team all-Big Ten receiver (coaches) and second-team return specialist(media)
2016: Third-team all-Big Ten return specialist (coaches)