Buffs Land Two Top-100 Players for 2021
BOULDER – The University of Colorado volleyball team signed a pair of top-100 ranked student-athletes and Under Armour All-Americans, Jahara Campbell and Taylor Simpson, to National Letters of Intent, head coach Jesse Mahoney announced Wednesday.
"We are extremely excited to welcome our 2021 recruiting class to Boulder and look forward to what Jahara and Taylor will bring to this program," said Mahoney. "Both are elite athletically, with a great work ethic and a desire to compete at the highest level. We are thrilled to have them join the Colorado family."
Campbell, the 27th-ranked player in the nation, is a 6-1 outside hitter from Hamilton High in Chandler, Arizona. Campbell was recently named an AVCA All-Regional honor and is a top-10 outside hitter for the class of 2021. As an underclassmen, Campbell dominated with 586 kills and 232 blocks before transferring to Hamilton where she had to sit out the first half of her junior season. She finished her junior campaign with 138 kills, 85 digs and 21 blocks.
"Jahara is one of the most dynamic attackers in the 2021 class," said Mahoney. "She plays high and has a fast arm coupled with experience attacking on both the left and the right. She has competed at a high level both in high school and in club and has the skills and competitiveness to make a smooth transition to the collegiate game."
Campbell is currently 13-2 in her senior season with 127 kills and a .245 hitting percentage. She also has 18 total blocks, 70 digs and 22 aces. Campbell is also a member of Arizona Storm, coached by Buff alum Justine Spann's mother Terri. Campbell also comes from a long-line of athletes with her father Chris having played basketball at Weber State and her half-brother LaQuinton having played basketball for Ohio State. Her uncle Joey was also a cross country skier for the University of Alaska.
Campbell comes to Boulder in pursuit of being a data scientist or engineer. She was also recruited by Arizona, Pepperdine, Dayton, Oregon, LSU, TCU, West Virginia and Iowa.
Simpson is a 6-0 setter from Sierra Canyon High in Chatsworth, Calif. Simpson was also named an AVCA All-Regional Performer and is ranked 73rd overall by Prepvolleyball.com. Arguably a top-three setter in the 2021 class, Simpson was one of 11 setters in the top-50 juniors ranking. She has an outstanding record of 107-22 her freshman through junior campaigns with a total of 3,127 assists, 535 digs, 342 kills and 194 aces in 347 total sets (9.04 assists/set, 1.54 digs/set, 0.56 aces/set and 0.98 kills/set). She led her team to the CIF Division 2 State Championship in 2017.
"Taylor has all the qualities you look for in an elite setter," said Mahoney. "She runs a fast offense, can play physical at the net, and makes the toughest sets look routine. Her teammates love to play for her - she has tremendous energy and court presence. Our offense is in good hands for years to come."
Simpson was named a MaxPreps Preseason All-American Second Team honoree. She was a MaxPrep All-American as a freshman. Simpson chose Colorado for both academic and athletic success and will pursue a degree in business or physiology. She was also recruited by Washington State, Cal, Pitt and Duke.
Both recruits were named to the AVCA Under Armour Girls High School All-America Teams the morning of signing day, with Campbell earning first-team honors while Simpson was named to the third team. Under normal years, Campbell would be invited to play in the Under Armour All-America Match, but that event has been canceled.
"We are still actively recruiting for the 2021 class and will be announcing further additions to our roster this spring," said Mahoney.