Akron's Parris Campbell ties with Mayfield native Andy Isabella for fastest speed at NFL combine

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Posted at 5:36 PM, Mar 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-02 17:45:36-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Former Buckeye and Fighting Irish alumnus Parris Campbell, and Mayfield High School alumnus Andy Isabella both participated in the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday and topped the charts with their impressive speeds.

Campbell, the running back for St. Vincent-St. Mary turned wide receiver for Ohio State University ran the 40-yard dash on Saturday afternoon, clocking 4.31 seconds on his first attempt.

Isabella who played college football for the University of Massachusetts Amherst but attended Mayfield High School, also recorded a 4.31. Isabella was a running back at Mayfield High School. His teams competed against Browns cornerback Denzel Ward, who played for Nordonia High School, in both track and football.

Isabella enjoys his friendly competition with Ward.

"I love competing against Denzel. Great player and an even better person," Isabella said to press at the combine.

Campbell and Isabella's 4.31 seconds make them the fastest players to run the 40-yard dash in this year’s combine so far. The two should hold the position until at least Monday when the defensive backs take the field, but their quick times look promising.

Former Cavalier LeBron James showed love for Campbell, his fellow Akron native, during the combine.

James took to Instagram and posted the video of Campbell running the 40-yard dash.

“My GOODNESS lil bro Parris Campbell is lighting fast. Can’t wait for his next journey at the next level,” James wrote in the post.

On Friday, the former Buckeye expressed his interest in staying local and being selected by the Cleveland Browns in the NFL Draft.

In an article from the Browns, Campbell said he wouldn’t mind a spot on the team's roster.

"Definitely would be cool to stay in Ohio," Campbell said. "I'd be an hour up the road, so it would definitely be cool. But any team that takes a chance on me, I'd be honored."

Campbell also said in the article that his mother would be just as excited if he got to play for the Browns.

"It would be huge. I think my mom would love it for sure," Campbell said. "I'd be right up the road. She loves seeing all my games.”

Campbell ran for 1,584 yards and 22 touchdowns as a running back at St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron. After switching to wide receiver at OSU, Campbell ended his college career with 1,768 receiving yards and 17 total touchdowns.

Isabella ran for over 1,000 yards as a senior for the Wildcats. He ended his college career at UMass with 3,526 yards and 32 total touchdowns.