Jordan Campbell

(photo of Jordan Campbell courtesy of L.A. Times)

USC linebacker Jordan Campbell became the first Trojan to seek a transfer once the NCAA placed sanctions on the school’s program earlier this month and a host of schools immediately began to seek his services. Arkansas, Boise State, Cincinnati, Illinois and West Virginia and others began working to secure a visit from the 5′11, 230-pound redshirt junior, but a trip to Louisville has brought the process to a grinding halt.

“As soon as I got (to Louisville) I knew,” Campbell told DitchBall on Saturday morning. “I don’t even want to take anymore of my other visits.”

On Friday, Campbell, a Corona, California native, visited historic Churchill Downs with members of the football team.

“That was great. I really got a chance to meet a lot of the players and fans. They really care about their football program here. I like Louisville a lot because it seems to have really good people and it’s a good town. We all have one goal in mind and that’s to win football games.”

However, leaving his hometown USC wasn’t an easy decision.

“It was a very hard decision to make, because I’m leaving all my friends and family, but it’s a change that I’m looking forward to and I know that this is the right place for me.”

Campbell, who had breakfast with new Louisville head coach Charlie Strong on Saturday morning, will provide immediate help for a defense in need.

“I’m excited to be a part of the new era at Louisville,” said Campbell, who will play middle linebacker for the Cardinals. “There’s a lot of change going on and a lot of great things are happening here. I have no doubt that in two years we will be in position to win the Big East championship and compete with the best.”

A high school All-American, who was rated a four-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com, reached out to others about the Cardinals new coach.

“I talked to a lot of my friends down at Florida and they told me how great of a coach and mentor Coach Strong is and that’s what I need. I’m really looking forward to playing for him.”

Campbell has been compared to former USC Trojan and current Pittsburgh Steeler All-Pro Troy Polamalu.

“He’s a great guy and I’ve had the chance to meet him a few times at USC. We’re both similar because we are smaller guys that like to fly around from sideline to sideline. We both have great instincts.”

Campbell, who plans to finalize his transfer and sign his Letter of Intent during the coming days, will return to Louisville on July 8.