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Blue Comets soccer standout heading to Ferrum

Halifax County High School soccer standout Jaynee Campbell will play her chosen sport at Division III Ferrum College next season.

An All-Western Valley District First Team selection her junior and senior seasons, Campbell was a three-sport athlete, playing soccer, basketball and softball, before dedicating herself to soccer.

Soccer better fit her skill set, Campbell explained 

“Soccer was just exciting to me, it takes a lot of work and I enjoy the challenge,” said Campbell Monday while officially announcing her college choice.

“I feel it best fits my skill set, because you have to have a lot of endurance, and that lends itself better to soccer,” she added.

“You have to have foot skills, and you have to run a lot.”

Ferrum College had two advantages over other schools she considered, explained Campbell.

“I liked Ferrum because it’s close to home, and they have criminal psychology, which is what attracted me to it,” said Campbell, whose career goal is to be a criminal profiler with the FBI.

Campbell’s success did not come easy, and Campbell credited her parents, Mark and Ronda for helping her soccer career stay on track despite two knee surgeries in high school.

“At one point I thought about quitting, but my parents helped me continue by building my confidence and self esteem back up,” noted Campbell.

“It just took a lot of work, and I just had to train all the time, each day.”

Campbell hopes to start as a freshman at Ferrum but realizes it will take more hard work and dedication to achieve that goal.

“I want to be a center-mid, but there are 13 new freshmen and only one starting spot open,” said Campbell, whose ultimate goal is to play Division I soccer and beyond.

The fact Campbell persevered and had the drive to come back from two surgeries speaks of her dedication and determination, according to Head Varsity Coach Sid Young.

“It speaks well of her, and she and some of the other girls had to carry quite a big load, especially last year,” said Young, who has mentored several athletes who went on to play collegiate soccer, including Mary Beale at UNC-Asheville, Morgan Young at Christopher Newport University, Melissa Smith at East Carolina and Kirsten Marvin at Averett University.

“Campbell is one of four seniors we lost this year, and they’ll all be hard to replace, although we have some good ones coming back,” Young noted.

Her ultimate goal of playing Division I soccer could have been realized sooner if she had taken more notice of her academics in high school, Campbell emphasized.

“I could have played Division II or Division I, but I didn’t take my classes or grades seriously enough,” admitted Campbell.

“My parents always told me so, but I never thought it was such a big deal, that if I was athletically talented enough there would be loopholes.

“There weren’t, and just because you’re a super athlete doesn’t necessarily mean you can get into college.”

Campbell reports to Ferrum College Aug. 17 and begins fall soccer Aug. 30.